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Worried

By Potra  
Today I marched with the students of my country. They were protesting because some of their fellow students were imprisoned for protesting in another city. At the moment I left there had been 3 attempts against the march on the part of armed groups sponsored and protected by the government. Approximately 15 minutes later the attacks started. I was on my way home using the subway. I took 300 pictures of this awesome crowd of young, bright, hopeful, lovely people. Now one of them is dead (shot to the head) and one of the gangsters as well.
This will not end well, that's the only sure thing in this poor country of mine.
Marian

Tags: Window Man Portraits and people Venezuela Caracas Venezuelan Flag

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12 Feb 2014 10:57PM
I don't know what to say, Marian, your story is so profoundly shocking and very moving. I sit here in my nice safe democracy and all I have to worry about is the weather... I cannot imagine what it must be like to be in such a situation as you describe. To live and work in such conditions must be so difficult, especially for one as sensitive and creative as yourself, and all I can say is that you have all my admiration and respect.
Please stay safe.

Alan

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nonur Plus
7 17 10 Turkey
12 Feb 2014 11:03PM
It seems that we've been sharing a similar fate, Marian. What a waste of life and energy. Well seen and shot.
Irishkate Plus
5 33 97 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 11:06PM
An excellent image Marian with his worried expression and showing his colours.
We are fortunate to be free to express ourselves.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
Nikonuser1 Plus
3 33 10 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 11:12PM
A great spot and capture Marian, Alan has summed it up very well, I reiterate, Please stay safe.


Cliff
NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 11:14PM
Great reportage imagery, following on from an interesting narrative.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
12 Feb 2014 11:30PM
Keep safe, Marian - a moving image and thought provoking write up.
Richard
rontear Plus
13 8 7 England
13 Feb 2014 12:11AM
Reportage image, a face of concern. As stated Marian, thought provoking.
Ron
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
13 Feb 2014 2:08AM
Alan has stated it so well, I do hope you keep yourself safe and things can change for your country! I will be thinking about these tragic days and wish to hear from you often so that we know you are safe!
13 Feb 2014 2:31AM
A thoughtful and very concerned expression captured Marion. Watch out, you can't be too careful.
13 Feb 2014 6:19AM
Take great care, Marian.
Good picture today but don't take chances.
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
13 Feb 2014 6:37AM
A very sad state of affairs, Marian, Venezuela is such a beautiful country. Do take care when out and about with your camera, your safety must come first. Carol
User_Removed 3 10 4 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 8:16AM
Keep safe and keep taking these shots, it has a touch of colour that tells a story.

Di
woolybill1 Plus
9 22 67 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 9:19AM
Your deep concern also shows in this man's face.
I am profoundly concerned on your behalf and that of your country and would like to express my solidarity with you. Alan's words are also my thoughts.
Warm regards
Bill
mrswoolybill Plus
9 927 1463 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 9:25AM
Wishing you strength, and courage.
Moira
bluesandtwos 6 126 1 England
13 Feb 2014 9:45AM
As said by others here we worry over work (or lack of), weather and moronic hypocritical politicians but our petty troubles pale into insignificance when you read things such as this,

A great picture but so much more important is that you stay safe, the conflicts will eventually pass. Good luck and stay safe.

Dave
dudler Plus
12 398 801 England
13 Feb 2014 2:36PM
I have come to think of justice and fairness existing simply (and only) because some of us choose to impose order on the world.

In Britain, it's easy to be complacent: we let others do the work. Elsewhere, people know that things will only improve (and stay) better if they constantly stand up for what is right.

I cannot begin to say how much I admire the courage of those who do this. Whether motivated by their religion (and all women and men of faith and love can stand together, irrespective of divisions) or love of friends and family, they are heroes. I pray for their continuing courage, for their safety, and for the outcome of their work.
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
13 Feb 2014 3:21PM
A fine candid capture Marian.

Albert
dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 318 England
13 Feb 2014 8:21PM
Can't add much else to what others have said, apart from the fact it's always the ordinary people that suffer.
Your picture is poingant.
Rhoufi 6 Australia
13 Feb 2014 10:58PM
Thank you Marian, for reporting on this, for getting word out... we hear little of what happens in your country. In the hands of the right person a camera is a powerful weapon against tyranny and injustice. I hope your recording of this day does not put you at risk in anyway. Please be careful. Yiur photo is as sensitive as it is important. My thoughts are with you and the good people of your country.
~ Bernard
Source 6
13 Feb 2014 11:34PM
An amazing capture of emotion.
- source
gajewski Plus
11 10 9 United States
14 Feb 2014 1:01AM
Marian,
This is an image that speaks volumes. I agree with so much of what has been posted already. As Bernard mentioned, "thank you for getting the news out to the world."
And, I agree with what Alan so eloquently stated. You do have my strongest admiration.
Be careful and diligent, my friend.
-=\Walter
ColleenA Plus
4 317 3 Australia
14 Feb 2014 3:47AM
A very sad story...we had a protest march in Johannesburg today demanding the Government to find jobs as unemployment sits at 25%, sadly it also ended in shooting....luckily I live in Cape Town where it is safe and wonderful to live....keep safe
Potra 3 Venezuela
14 Feb 2014 3:56AM

Quote:A very sad story...we had a protest march in Johannesburg today demanding the Government to find jobs as unemployment sits at 25%, sadly it also ended in shooting....luckily I live in Cape Town where it is safe and wonderful to live....keep safe


It is so sad that we have to be thankful for having our rights respected and preserved.
I guess that's the way the world functions but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
Thanks Colleen, your words make it less lonely here.
Marian
This is a remarkable photo, particularly in local context. We are not hearing about this in the US, Marian. Thank you for reporting on this. Such marches can get dangerous. Your country, as I have understood, has not been so good to the people at the bottom, for all of the petri-wealth. A beautiful, and difficult place to be right now. Take care of yourself.

Peter
15 Feb 2014 3:51AM
Una foto muy periodistica te puedes imaginar los que esta pensando el seņor..Muy buena.

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