Last month, we learned about Wuilly Arteaga, a 23 year old protester in Caracas, Venezuela, who was plays his violin during demonstrations against government crackdowns. On May 31, 2017, the young musician had his violin smashed by a Venezuelan National Guardsman.
BBC, CNN, and FoxNews have published reports about the incident and it appears that during a protest, a guardsman approached Arteaga on motorcycle, wrestled his violin away from him and smashed it. There is a heartbreaking video on Twitter recorded immediately after the incident showing Arteaga in distress, holding the damaged, and now unplayable, violin.
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— Ipaniza (@IsaacPaniza) May 24, 2017
The BBC article includes some extraordinary photos of Arteaga playing his violin during protests, one of which shows him alone, in front of a phalanx of government troops clad in riot gear.
Attempts to raise funds for Arteaga are underway but it is unclear if he is able to access those funds or locate a replacement violin.