Death in the city

Trip Start Oct 08, 2007
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Trip End Dec 16, 2008


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Flag of Venezuela  , Andes,
Friday, July 11, 2008

Yesterday evening, a student was shot and killed at a protest in town. Just few hours before that I walked past the barricades and the burning trash piles in the middle of the street on my way to a Symphony concert. I didn't imagine it was quite that serious. Carolina had told me earlier that day that the university semester is supposed to end next week and as usual the students have started protesting. They always protest before vacation, she said. This time the protests are against the violence...and few other things, including that Chavez had unlawfully banned some opposition leader to run in the November elections. The irony is that the protests are staged by a student organization which is, according to my teacher, known to be violent and carry concealed weapons. I know it sound surreal, but the people here are living it. My landlord told me yesterday that the students are protesting for everything. If it rains - they protest. If it shines - they protest just the same. This is a university town with a students' problem, among other.
 
I don't want to be a drama queen, for I still remember the way things were in Bulgaria when I was in my twenties. There were street protests, and buildings (notably the Communist party headquarters) set on fire, and gang members being shot in broad day light on busy streets, etc., etc. Except, there was nowhere else to go then. But now, now I have a ticket to Peru. Sticking around won't help anyone, so I'm out of here next week.  

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