Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Photos : Students Protest Police Brutality By Posting Naked Pictures On Twitter

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Thousands of Venezuelans are getting naked on Twitter to protest the brutal force government loyalists and police used  against student demonstrators in a violent clash last week.

The photos are a showing of solidarity with a student protestor who was widely seen in pictures being stripped of his clothes and shoved to the ground in the violent April 3 encounter between government protestors and masked loyalists.

Along with many of the revealing photos are hashtags supporting the students of the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), where the violence erupted as student marchers demanded an end to rocketing inflation and dwindling resources.

According to BBC Mundo, the idea originated with Ricardo Cie, the VP of a marketing firm.
Cie posted a photo of himself naked along with the hashtags #MejorDesnudosQue (Better Naked Than...) and #DesnudosConLaUCV (Naked with the Central University of Venezuela).
He then convinced friends to do the same and within days, the hashtags had been used hundreds of thousands of times and thousands had posted their own naked photos.
The violence at CUV was part of months of unrest stemming from the affects of an unbeliveable inflation rate, which was 56.2 per cent last year.

Masked militia stormed the Caracas university hurling stones and fireworks as tensions mounted over Venezuela's crippled economy.
Pro-government students battered their anti-establishment peers with sticks, hospitalising three.

Hundreds of riot police deployed tear gas and grenades to bring the hours-long conflict under control.
Bandana-clad fundamentalists started throwing rocks at police officers and the scene descended into near-anarchy.

Student leader Juan Requesens says at least three protesters were hospitalised with serious injuries.
The militia members prevented journalists from photographing a student who lay on the ground, apparently gravely injured.

Thirty-five have been killed in the months of clashes since February as protestors call for Nicolas Maduro's resignation and complain about a litany of problems from rampant crime to food shortages.

The government says they are seeking a coup against Maduro.

'Better Naked Than...': Venezuelan marketing professional Ricardo Cie (pictured) reportedly started a viral trend in his country of posting naked photos along with hashtags in support of student protestors brutally attacked by government loyalists last week
Venezuelan marketing professional Ricardo Cie
Viral: Thousands have followed suit with Cie and posted their own naked photos while some 200,000 tweeted the accompanying hashtags in support of UCV students over the course of just a few daysSolidatiry: The nude photos are a show of solidarity with students attacked for protesting against skyrocketing inflation in VenezuelaCasualties: The university protest was one among a string of them since February, which have left 35 deadSome protestors took their nudity off the internet and into the real world by marching through city streetsThe Twitter nudes surfaced after photos emerged of this protestor being brutally thrown to the ground and stripped of his clothes by government loyalist on April 3
The Twitter nudes surfaced after photos emerged of this protestor being brutally thrown to the ground and stripped of his clothes by government loyalist on April 3


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