Venezuelan violinist unbowed

One of the best known faces of protests in Venezuela has tweeted a video from hospital with a bandaged face but still defiantly playing his violin.

Wuilly Arteaga was injured on Saturday in violent clashes during a protest in Caracas against President Nicolas Maduro.

The 23-year-old is famous in Venezuela for playing the national anthem and other tunes on his violin in front of lines of security forces.

“Neither rubber bullets nor pellets or smashing up my violin, because we’ll continue in the fight. Whatever happens, we’ll continue in the struggle for Venezuela. Thank you,” said Arteaga.

Arteaga describes himself as a member of The Resistance, a vast youth-led movement that together with the opposition colation, has spearheaded the anti-government protests. They launched protests in early April against Maduro, whom they is turning the country into a dictatorship and wrecking what should be a prosperous economy.

Maduro calls demonstrators “terrorists” seeking a coup with the support of the United States and the international media.

Some 100 people have died in the unrest since April, including five during a national strike on Thursday.
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