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Hong Kong protester catching a tear gas grenade and throwing it backYo, son- this gif isn’t from Hong Kong. It’s from Venezuela.I repeat: not from Hong Kong. It is from Venezuela.
The gif is specifically from the Venezuelan Protests of 2014, which, from what I’ve seen, Tumblr does not know a whole bunch about. Since I think it’s kinda necessary knowledge, I’m going to try to explain it below. (Anyone who knows more about it than me, which would probably be most people, is welcome to add below or correct me. )So, as you can see, there’s some shit going down in Venezuela. I’m not honestly sure what exactly we can do, other than spread knowledge of what is happening currently, and try to make sure that the Venezuelan government does not succeed in sweeping this under the rug. If you can, I urge you to reblog this post, and to correct the incorrect use of this gif when you see if. Thank you. additional sources
The Venezuelan riots began in January of 2014, after the murder of Miss Venezuela, aka Mrs. Monica Spear. The actress was attacked by armed robbers after her car broke down, leaving her stranded. Mrs. Spear and her ex-husband, Thomas Henry Berry, were both killed. Their daughter Maya was shot in the leg, but survived. x
Unfortunately, the actress’ death was not a unique incident; Venezuela has a notoriously high violence rate. According to CNN.com, (same source as above,)One person is killed roughly every 21 minutes in Venezuela. And there were 24,700 violent deaths last year in the oil-rich country of roughly 30 million people, according to the nonprofit Venezuelan Violence Observatory.The Venezuelan government does little to help halt this excess violence. In fact, the country’s president, Nicolas Maduro, doesn’t report the crime rate, and neither did the president before him, Hugo Chavez.XSo the protests originally began as a, y’know,protest against violence.
The riots picked up speed after the attempted rape of a student in San Christobal, and became mainly student run. The local students and their allies took to the streets in protest.
The police and the government did not respond well, to say the least; there were five students arrested, and sent away to jail in Coro. Students in other schools across the nation joined the protest, urging the police to release the original five. Each of these protests was detained in turn. It was only eighteen days before the whole nation joined the protest.
by February 21st, the Internet in San Christobal had been turned off by the government, and the police and the protesters were clashing nightly. The protesters set up makeshift barricades, called “guarimbas,” and the police, and later the military force established in the city, used (supposedly) non-lethal rubber bullets. x Students also showed their displeasure through peaceful protest, using methods such as hunger strikes and sit-ins. The protests became more violent with the introduction of colectivos, or pro-government enforcer gangs, who were responsible for beating protestors. A subgroup of the colectivos known as the motorizados rode through crowds on motorcycles, and are believed to be responsible for the deaths of several student leaders. x The protestors also stood against the crushing poverty faced in Venezuela (it’s reportedly hard to get basic, essential items such as toilet paper or toothpaste, and I know I’ve seen people on my dash talking bout this) and the government censorship, which even now is on ongoing issue; Leopoldo Lopez , an ardent opponent of Venezuela’s socialist government was arrested on President Nicolas Maduro’s orders. He was charged for homicide and inciting violence, and was escorted by the national guard into a vehicle after he turned himself in during a demonstration in Caracas, on February 18, 2014. x.
I thought this gif looked incredibly familiar.
The government of Venezuela is crushingly oppressive, and the ruling politicians belong in prison.
San Francisco, California: Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a “person of interest” in the Bryan “Feather” Higgins homicide investigation.
The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) released video footage on Thursday, of a “person of interest” that they would like to speak with, in connection with the murderous gay-bashing, that claimed 31 year old Bryan “Feather” Higgins life.
The dashcam video is from a taxicab at the intersection of Church Street and Duboce Avenue.
It appears that the “person of interest” is wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with a red t-shirt underneath.
Bryan “Feather” Higgins was found brutally beaten in Duboce Park, during the early morning hours of Sunday August 10, 2014. He was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died three days later.
If anyone has any information, please contact the SFPD at 415-575-4444 or you can send a text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the start of the message.
A gay-bashing murderer is freely wandering San Francisco, after killing a sweet and gentle soul. If anyone has any information, please contact the San Francisco Police Department. Rest In Peace Bryan “Feather Lynn” Higgins.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: An unidentified severely beaten and unconscious man was found last Sunday morning in my Duboce Triangle neighborhood.
He was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, and the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) used social media to engage the public, and asked for help in identifying the victim.
A neighbor saw the victim’s photo and recognized his friend, and positively identified the victim as 31 year old Bryan “Feather Lynn” Higgins, a gay Duboce Triangle neighbor who worked at the New Rosenberg Delicatessen on Noe Street.
Feather Lynn was unconscious for over three days before his family decided to take him off life support at 3:33PM on Wednesday, when he died. Feather is survived by his husband Brian Hagerty.
Lesbian Christian music star Vicky Beeching destroys anti-gay Pastor Scott Lively in a debate.
On Wednesday, Christian rock star Vicky Beeching came out as a lesbian. On Thursday, she went toe-to-toe with internationally infamous homophobe Scott Lively.
The last words said by Black youth murdered by policemen. Rest in peace.
Kevin Spacey is the Veep, and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss is Frank Underwood from House of Cards, on the new cover of Entertainment Weekly. A drag queen and a drag king is exactly what every magazine cover should feature every week imho. Kevin Spacey looks like my 3rd grade teacher, Miss Butterworth.