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Gustavo Dudamel Speaks Out on Conflict in Venezuela

Demonstrators unfurl a Venezuelan flag


July 19, 2017

The Americas Society 2016 Cultural Achievement Award winner and conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel states his position on the ongoing conflict in his native country of Venezuela in this New York Times op-ed.

LOS ANGELES — Almost two months ago, in the wake of the killing of the violinist Armando Cañizales by Venezuelan security forces, I raised my voice against the violence and repression in my native Venezuela. I had to speak out because Venezuelans are desperate for the recognition of their equal and inalienable rights and to have their basic needs met. This extreme confrontation and polarization is an obstacle to understanding and a peaceful democratic coexistence, and it cannot stand. Nothing justifies the bloodshed of my fellow citizens. …

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