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Monday, March 31, 2014

San Cristobal 30M

San Cristobal 30M


San Cristobal 30M

Posted: 31 Mar 2014 06:12 AM PDT

Entrada de mi residencia

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Brisbane “Love Taiwan! Defend Democracy! Support Parliament Occupation

Posted: 31 Mar 2014 03:53 AM PDT

Around 500 Taiwanese students gathered at Brisbane King George Square on 30th March, 2014 at 3:00pm, held a "Love Taiwan! Defend Democracy" Rally and Procession to support students occupied Legislative Yuan in Taiwan. The same function events were held in 17 countries and 49 cities globally at the same time.

 

The main event in Taipei, Taiwan was gathered by more than 500,000 people, the number of attendance has secured the students to continuously occupying the parliament, until they heard replies back from President Ma Ying-Jeou.

 

Due to the closed-door trade pact with China, the spirits of democracy have been wounded in Taiwan, leading to a series of demonstrations and campaigns formed by numerous Taiwanese students in hope of a reviewed system.

 

You might ask "What is the disadvantage of the Trade deal with China?" Indeed, the students are not against the trade deal. What they are against is the closed-door trade pact which violates the spirits of democracy and judicial process.

 

As a result, on March 18, 2014, the student groups surrounded the legislative building in Taipei and started the sit-ins movement which was called Parliament Occupation. On March 23, 2014, some protestors went to Executive Yuan hoping to take over it as well. However, they were removed by the riot police with fire hoses, also used sticks to hit students. More than100 students were injured with serious head bleedings and cramps. Police also violently dragged Journalists away from the evict scene of Executive Yuan, to hide their violence toward to the brutal eviction.

 

The events were emphasized on the safety issue, a "Sturdy, Peaceful, Rational, and Never Give Up" attitude becomes an important part in these events. Any irrational acts that could lead to an incident was prohibited.

 

Although Taiwan is merely a small democratic island, people are willing to do everything to protect it. They are hoping by doing so to improve the democratic situations in Taiwan and to raise awareness on the public issues.

 

The following videos will help you to understand better what was happened to lead these global events:

 

Police use sticks to hit students:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=633253583420288

 

Police beat TV reporter:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jJdivOaj7S0

 

Pray for Taiwan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8_6U7MUGnxU

 

Senator Guan Bi Ling Questioning Minister of Police for the violent eviction, which contains 3 minutes video of crutail part of the violent eviction taken by a student inside of Executive Yuan:
http://www.ntdtv.com/xtr/b5/2014/03/29/a1091031.html

 

Dr Wang cramped after beaten by police:
http://www.appledaily.com.tw/realtimenews/article/new/20140327/368060/

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Albuquerque Protest APD Shootings

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 07:42 PM PDT

Today in Albuquerque thousands protested the latest in a rash of police shootings in Albuquerque. The latest of which was a mentally ill homeless man.

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Festival of Balloons Brings Universal Language Of Happiness To Denver

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 05:40 PM PDT

Top balloon artists from 53 countries participated in the Festival of Balloons in Denver, Colorado on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. The festival, sponsored by Pioneer Balloon Company, is part of the third World Balloon Convention, held every two years. The convention, which began on Wednesday, culminated with the Festival of Balloons where over 200 balloon art competition pieces were on display featuring everything from tabletop designs, balloon fashions and deliverable sculptures to large sculptures almost as big as a Baker District Bungalow.

This is a whole new level of balloon art, not just twisting together a few balloons to form a puppy or a sword at kid's birthday parties. The balloon artists were allowed only 27 hours to complete their displays, from 9am on Tuesday to noon on Wednesday. "Balloons are the universal language of happiness.", said Steven Shippey with Qualatex Balloons, who assisted with balloon illustrations.

Allison Dunning, certified balloon artist (CBA) and co-owner of Merry Makers & Decorators LLC based in Greeley, created a balloon sculpture featuring snow skiing and road racing (cycling) to highlight Colorado tourism. "My goal was to show all that Colorado has to offer. I think it tells the story I wanted it to tell.", said Dunning. Balloons are blown up digitally for these competitions, two or more at a time, instead of the old-fashioned way, one-by-one by humans with strong lungs. Dunning felt like she had the home-field advantage in this competition living in Colorado. "We own our equipment, others have to use what's here. The industry has standards. Everyone had the same amount of time, we had two people, me and my partner, other teams had 25-27 people."

One massive sculpture called, "A Mother's Love", by balloon artist, Dennis Scott, owner of Mister D Balloon Twisting & Décor in Arlington Heights, IL, featured a mother Bengal tiger and her cub in their "natural" habitat. 15,000 balloons were used to created the sculpture, with vines crocheted by hand.

This is the only stop for the convention in Denver. The next World Balloon Convention and Festival of Balloons will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2016.

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Manifestaciones en Lechería

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 04:56 PM PDT

Manifestaciones contra la represión, la inseguridad y la escasez en La Marina de Lechería, Estado Anzoátegui.

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Ataques de la policia nacional y los guardias nacionales

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 04:17 PM PDT

esto paso hoy 30 de marzo, a partir dr las 4 de la madrugada comenzo desde la carabobo hasta la avenida ferrero tamayo, los ataques fueron perpetrados por la policia nacional y los guardias nacionales, se iban desplazando a lo largo de la avenida ferrero tamayo disparon sin medida a las casas, en uno de esos disparos le dieron a la ventana de mi casa y uno de ellos impacto en la ventana del cuarto donde se encontraban mi mama y mi hermana que no se encontraban asomadas solo el proyectil entro por la ventana y le.pego a mi mama en el cuello hiriendola, fui testigo de como disparaban a las casas, perdigones y bombas lacrimogenas que incluso entraron a mi casa y nos estabamos ahogando, a lo largo del dia se han mantenido los cuerpos militares por toda la avenida y esta en estos momenuetos militarizada.

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Así esta San Cristóbal HOY 30M

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 04:02 PM PDT

La ciudad de San Cristóbal se encuentra militarizada. Hoy 30 de Marzo del 2014. Incluso así estén los militares los ciudadanos salen a protestar.

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Mensajes de Protesta en Av. Las Americas #Merida #30M

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 03:17 PM PDT

Estos son algunos de los mensajes que se encuentran hoy 30 de marzo, han dejado los Vecinos y Estudiantes de la Avenida Las Americas, en contra de la dictadura de Nicolas Maduro.

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Av. Las Americas y sus Trincheras de Libertad #MERIDA #30M

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 03:02 PM PDT

Asi se encuentran las "TRINCHERAS DE LIBERTAD" de los estudiantes en la Avenida Las Americas de la Ciudad de Merida, hoy 30 de Marzo.

Los más inusuales objetos forman parte de estas trincheras, en las que no podían faltar mensajes que expresan el sentir del pueblo.

De punta a punta esta cerrada la Avenida mas Importante de la Ciudad de Mérida, cada una de las barricadas, tiene su "acceso peatonal" para que los vecinos puedan salir y entrar al sector.

Hay que recordar que dichas barricadas, fueron creadas por los vecinos y estudiantes como medida de protección ante los ataques vividos en los alrededores de las Residencia Monseñor Chacón, donde bandas armadas por el gobierno, atacaron a los vecinos, disparando hacia los apartamentos, destruyendo y robando automóviles de su estacionamiento privado, ataques que fueron grabados por los vecinos y se encuentran disponibles en youtube.

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Guardia Nacional en San Cristóbal

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 02:49 PM PDT

Esta vez no hicieron daño alguno a nadie, en realidad fue una toma pacífica de la Av. Ppal de Pueblo Nuevo

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La Voz de Las Americas, Homenaje a los caidos #Merida #30M

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 02:38 PM PDT

El día de hoy 30 de Marzo, se realizo una jornada de protestas en la Av. Las Américas de Mérida, avenida que ha sido atacada en incontables oportunidades por parte de Fuerzas del Estado y Bandas Armadas del Régimen de Nicolas Maduro. Avenida que hoy se encuentra llena de barricadas de extremo a extremo.

Vecinos de todo el sector, organizaron una jornada donde basada en estaciones, cada una con diferentes expresiones de descontento al Régimen.

En una de las estaciones, ubicadas frente al Supermercado Garzón, se realizo un homenaje a los caídos durante estos, ya casi 2 meses de protestas. Con tumbas simbólicas, cruces, algunas flores y una gran cruz humana con algunos de los presentes vecinos del sector que se vistieron de negro para el homenaje.

Entre los presentes, muchos estudiantes pintaron sus caras con el tricolor nacional y la bandera de GUERRA A MUERTE del Libertador Simon Bolivar.

Algunos jovenes se mantienen en el anonimato, día a día cuidando las barricadas, en la espera de un ataque por parte de grupos violentos del gobierno.

Entre las conocidas "TRINCHERAS DE LA LIBERTAD" manos se unieron por un solo reclamo, LIBERTAD.

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We Need Peace! We Want to Go Home!

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 01:31 PM PDT

I met this family in one the retreat centers in suburbs of Kiev that is turned into housing for refugees. This family of five – grandmother Gulnara, father Osman, mother Elmaz and two kids, Elzara (7) and Timur (6) – fled Crimea because they wanted to make sure kids were taken out of harms way. The situation in Crimea has been tense for weeks, with Russian soldiers with firearms walking the streets of Sympheropol. The locals called those armed troops "green men" for they were wearing Russian military uniforms but no insignia.

The family is Crimean tatars. They are all medics and have been working in the same hospital for years. Tatars didn't support illegal referendum that took place on March 16th. They had great concerns about Russia taking over Crimea. At one time in history the majority of population on peninsula used to be Crimean tatars as this areas had been under Ottoman Empire until Crimean was in 1783 when Russia took over the peninsula. The demographics changed the most dramatically in 1944 when the entire population of the Crimean Tatars were forcibly deported in the "Sürgün" (Crimean Tatar for exile) to Central Asia by Joseph Stalin's Soviet government as a form of collective punishment on the grounds that they had collaborated with the Nazi occupation forces. An estimated 46% of the deportees died from hunger and disease. On 26 June of the same year Armenian, Bulgarian and Greek population was also deported to Central Asia. By the end of summer 1944, the ethnic cleansing of Crimea was complete. In 1967, the Crimean Tatars were rehabilitated, but they were banned from legally returning to their homeland until the last days of the Soviet Union.

Tatars never trusted big promises made by Russian politicians and Russian propaganda in the process of rallying people for the illegal referendum. Most of tatars boycotted referendum. This family while living in tatar community didn't receive any threats personally, but they were very concerned about the uncertainty of situation. "We can't trust Russia after what happened in the past", said Osman. So for now they decided to leave Crimea. Two men from their family stayed home to protect their house from potential looters. They are forced now to take Russian citizenship, which they don't want to do. There are lot of concerning reports from Crimea. Tatars (who are Muslim by the way) are outraged by how priests of Orthodox Church of Kiev Patriarchate and priests of Catholic churches in Crimea are being persecuted and even kidnapped. These kind of things show true face of Russia and that inspires no trust.

Gulnara says that during protests they supported what was happening in Kiev, though never came here themselves. Gulnara shared that she cried with the mothers who lost their sons during protests. "As a mother and grandmother I can't imagine the kind of heartbreak those women had to live through." Today was the first time Osman visited Maidan and was very moved by memorial service that took today on Maidan in memory of heroes who were killed by riot police.

The family shares that they have been overwhelmed with all the help they have gotten since coming to Kiev. Kids are starting classes in new school tomorrow. It was very easy to enroll them into school. All their needs are being met and they had absolutely no complications in the process of relocation. To my question if there is anything they needed Gulnara said, "We need peace! We want to go home!"



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In one moment our lives were taken away!

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 01:20 PM PDT

Pyshtoi, Mykhail (68) and his wife, Ludmila (60) have lived for 43 years of their lives in Novo Ozernoye, a military town in Crimea. Now they are among refugees who have relocated temporarily to Kiev.

They shared that it was heart breaking for them day after day to watch out of their windows how our military bases were stormed by Russian troops, how cynically when attacking our military headquaters Russian soldiers put a row of women in front of them to make sure Ukrainians don't try to defend themselves by shooting. "It was scary to observe how one of our ships "Olshansky" was attacked by Russians for days. We heard shooting and we saw lots of smoke. We were concerned that our ship was set on fire and our boys were being burned alive. It just hurt to see!"

After referendum it became impossible to continue living in Novo Ozernoye. "I can't even go shopping," said Ludmila. "I hear threats and contemptuous remarks from my neighbors. We used to be friends, we've been living next door to each other for many years! We used to be friends. Now they consider us traitors, though they are the ones who betrayed Ukraine!"

Mykhail was outspoken about his support of Maidan during the Revolution in Kiev, he even went for a five weeks to participate in protests. He tried to share about his experiences on Maidan with neighbors but they wouldn't believe him. They believed Russian TV channels that kept showing extremists in Kiev. Then Ludmila and Mikhail were openly against referendum, trying to talk their neighbors out of voting. Now those people don't forget Mykhail's position and consider him enemy. Mykhail and Ludmila have received personal threats on numeral occasions. Drunk Russian Kozaks have openly warned them to leave before they are kicked out by force.

"We've been working all our lives, we have our home in Crimea. It's hard to describe what it feels like to have to abandon everything, to become refugees at our age! I feel hopeless and it hurts. In one moment our lives were taken away, we became nobody and nothing!" says Mikhail.

They want to return to Crimea, if only they are allowed to continue to be Ukrainian citizens. They refuse to betray Ukraine. "I will definitely not accept Russian passport!" I am sure we will get Crimea back. I decided not to shave until we free Crimea from Russian occupation!

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Forced Out of Own Homes, Welcomed in Kiev

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 01:06 PM PDT

As Crimea continues to be under Russian occupation, the number of refugees fleeing the peninsula is growing. People everywhere in Ukraine, especially in Kiev and Lviv regions are opening their homes to families from Crimea that had to leave their whole lives behind.

Number of retreat centers in suburbs of Kiev have turned into refugee housing. Volunteers are running Facebook pages where people can see what needs refugees have and how they could help.

Together with friends from my church we took today some of electrical appliances (like electrical teapots and irons) as well as some food to one of this retreat centers that is functioning as a housing for 150 refugees.

Ivan, a volunteer who is coordinating the team receiving and distributing what people bring, also came from Crimea. He was born and spent all his life in Sevastopol. Before leaving for Kiev he was working as an administrator at a restaurant.

Ivan's team of volunteers is also coordinating with other retreat centers. He said that theirs is already well known to Kiev citizens and they have been given more food, clothing, toys, and medicines than they actually need. Some newly opened centers don't have anything yet, so yesterday a truck was loaded with various supplies and taken to another place.

Ivan said that they have been blown away by generosity of people in Kiev. They just post a need on a Facebook page and in couple hours 10 people show up with what was asked for. Yesterday a boy got sick and needed some medications. Today they have enough medications to treat several boys!

Kiev City Administration is helping to coordinate housing refugees in different places, but then ordinary people as well as charitable foundations help to provide for all the needs.

Ivan said that most refugees were forced out of their homes by harassment and threats, both from new Crimean government and their own friends who now treated them as enemies. Some people who had been openly against referendum were literally kicked out of their homes by Russian kozaks after Crimea was annexed.

Ivan said that less than half of the people in Crimea were in favor of joining Russia, but those who were for Ukraine had to keep quiet out of fear because of presence of Russian military on the streets. Most of the people who voted for joining Russia were motivated by hopes of increased incomes. Of course, a lot of them are getting disappointed now. Retired people are getting the same pensions as they did in Ukraine. Meanwhile prices in the stores are getting higher now, like they are in Russia.

Ivan showed where they store and sort out things that are brought for refugees, where kids are playing, where food is served. He introduced me to two different families – a Russian-speaking couple in their 60s who fled Crimea because of numerous threats to them personally and a Tatar family with two young kids who left their home because they were concerned for their safety. More about these families in the next report.

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San Cristobal se prepara para la arremetida del gobierno

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 11:32 AM PDT

Durante la Jornada del sábado los estudiantes y manifestantes se prepararon para la arremetida del gobierno luego de mantener por más de 40 días el control de grandes zonas de la ciudad y previendo la visita de Nicolas Maduro la próxima semana

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San Cristobal bajo fuerte represión desde la madrugada

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 11:22 AM PDT

Desde aproximadamente las 3 Am se escuchan detonaciones y movimientos de vehículos en la Gran Avenida y Av. Carabobo, las fuerzas de seguridad del estado tomaron control de esta última removiendo barricadas y avanzando por la Av. Ferrero Tamayo para controlar estas zonas que se encuentran en control de los manifestantes

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Massive Rally in front of Presidential Office against Trade Pact

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 05:31 AM PDT

Tens of thousands of people gathered in front of the Presidential Office March 30 at 1 p.m. to protest against a service trade pact with China. The protest is an expansion of an ongoing student-led protest that's been held at Legislature since March 18.

 

Protesters all dressed in black to show their dissatisfaction over the trade pact, which they think it's a black-box pact, that the procedure for government to pass the final review of the pact to the higherst level of legislature was not transparent.

 

The protesters worry that the pact will make Taiwan's economy too dependent on China, and hurt Taiwan's small and medium enterprises.

 

On the other hand, the government thinks that the pact will help a lot in booming Taiwan's economy, and joining more regional free trade zones.

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Llegada de la marcha a las Heroinas #Merida

Posted: 29 Mar 2014 08:44 PM PDT

Así comenzaba a llegar la Marcha Universitaria este 29 de marzo en Mérida a la Plaza Las Heroinas, lugar donde el día de ayer 28 de marzo, fueron agredidos por grupos oficialistas violentos que reclamaban el lugar como una plaza solo para REVOLUCIONARIOS.

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Palabras de Motivación a la Población de Merida #29M

Posted: 29 Mar 2014 08:21 PM PDT

En el día del aniversario 229 de la Universidad de Los Andes, mientras los universitarios se congregaban para salir a marchar por la ciudad de Mérida, algunos asistentes tomaron la palabra ante los presentes para dar palabras de motivación a los manifestantes.

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Terror in Quinimari 29M Par 1

Posted: 29 Mar 2014 06:36 PM PDT

This video shows a huge group of military forces, National Guard, Police and even Army, starting to unblock the local barricades in the area of Pirineos Quinimari.

This happened on march 29th at 3:30 am

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Marcha del Aniversario de la ULA en Merida

Posted: 29 Mar 2014 06:33 PM PDT

Hoy 29 de marzo, los ULANDINOS salieron a recorrer las calles de Mérida, reafirmando su compromiso con el país.

El recorrido comenzó en la Plaza Milla y culmino en el Seminario Buenaventura, pasando por la Plaza de Las Heroinas, lugar donde el día de ayer ocurrieron enfrentamientos entre bandas oficialistas y un grupo de opositores, donde resultaron agredidas varias mujeres manifestantes por los miembros oficialistas.

Universitarios reafirmaron que hoy más que nunca seguirán en las calles, luchando por la libertad al igual que lo han hecho desde hace 229 años atrás los estudiantes de esta universidad..

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Ulandinos Protestan en el Aniversario de la ULA

Posted: 29 Mar 2014 06:29 PM PDT

Hoy 29 de marzo, los ULANDINOS salieron a recorrer las calles de Mérida, reafirmando su compromiso con el país.

El recorrido comenzó en la Plaza Milla y culmino en el Seminario Buenaventura, pasando por la Plaza de Las Heroinas, lugar donde el día de ayer ocurrieron enfrentamientos entre bandas oficialistas y un grupo de opositores, donde resultaron agredidas varias mujeres manifestantes por los miembros oficialistas.

Universitarios reafirmaron que hoy más que nunca seguirán en las calles, luchando por la libertad al igual que lo han hecho desde hace 229 años atrás los estudiantes de esta universidad..

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LA Air Show & Blue Angels 2014

Posted: 29 Mar 2014 11:42 AM PDT

The Blue Angels are back from a cancelled 2013 season. We watched them fly at the first LA cOunty Air Show in Lancaster California. The event drew a large crowd considering it was the event's first year. For 3 hours we watched vintage planes as well as the Blue Angels go about their maneuvers in front of an appeciative crowd.

 

these photos were shot on March 21, 2014

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