I never thought I would become any kind of a symbol. And certainly not in #Venezuela …
But since last Thursday night, when I got stopped on a check-point in Bello Monte district of #Caracas , and then kind of “mistreated” by armed guys wearing baklavas and black uniforms, pictures of my beaten face started to circulate on social and traditional media, as an example of the growing difficulties journalists working in this country have to face, day by day.
But I would like to – somehow - extend my case beyond media. As I was hit without any kind of explanation, I am not even totally sure my profession was the cause of this attack. Probably yes (as I identified myself as a #journalist ) , but maybe not.
And it makes this whole incident even worse – it just shows that, unfortunately, nobody is safe and nobody can trust uniformed forces in this country…
Nevertheless, even this worrying incident has some bright sides. Those last days I received uncountable expressions of help, kindness and sympathy from my friends here, from other journalists, fellow instagrammers, personalities and - last but not least – just anonymous Venezuelans.
I will make a special post to try to thank you all, but already now please accept my gratitude…
And yes, I am perfectly aware that what has happened last Thursday does not represent a true Venezuela.
Credits: photo by @myordi18, graphic by @untal_ro
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