VENEZUELA SPECIAL COVERAGE IN AUDIO

ALL INTERVIEWS ARE IN SPANISH

FEBRUARY 2014. After the national march in Venezuela turned deadly on February 12th, thousands of college students took to the streets to keep protest against the Venezuelan government—who used tear gas, pellet bullets and firearms to disperse peaceful demonstrations. The National Guard had already shot three unarmed students in the head. 

 

The interviews below are conversations with students on the ground that were shot by pellet bullets or experienced violence by the security forces in Venezuela. The young civilians said to be unarmed while protesting, and were just returning home before being violently abused.

 

The national protest on Feb. 12th, was first created to show disatisfaction towards the government's innability to fix the street violence that killed +24,000 civilians in 2013, and the skyrocketing inflation - highest in the world - that left the country with a shortage of basic goods like milk and toilet paper.

 

The interviews were mostly recorded and published in the same day or week that they occured. 

February 15, 2014

Reporter: Arianne Alcorta

Student: Loredana Neves 

 

February 15, 2014

Reporter: Arianne Alcorta

 Student: Giovanni Russo 

 

February 19, 2014

Reporter: Arianne Alcorta

Student: Anonymous for fear of retaliation

 

February 19, 2014

(Interview conducted in April, released in June)

Reporter: Arianne Alcorta

Student: Juan Wenzel

Father: Walter Wenzel