Renowned Venezuelan orchestra conductor Gustavo Dudamel has sent a message to politicians in his country, urging all parties to not let “egos” cloud the need for urgent action to remedy the ongoing political crisis and prevent the country from sliding into a potential “fratricidal conflict.”
Dudamel, longtime music director of Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra as well as music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, shared a video message on Twitter Tuesday calling for a democratic solution to the high-running political tensions that have sparked near-daily marches in the country both in favor of and against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
“I want to make a call to political leaders to find the necessary ways to get out of this crisis that afflicts our beloved Venezuela,” Dudamel said. “Primarily, we must put aside egos, ideologies and definitely listen to and think about the people.”
The opposition launched a series of anti-government protests in Caracas and other cities about three weeks ago, and the government has accused right-wing leaders of attempting to create chaos to destabilize and topple the socialist government. At least 26 people have died amid the protests that have at times turned violent.
“We must avoid clashes between brothers, because this path can lead us to a fratricidal conflict,” Dudamel said in his Twitter video message to 759,000 followers.
“Political leaders of Venezuela, immediate solutions are needed, putting aside any kind of personalities and opening doors to the most healthy and exemplary democratic game,” he continued. “We are a country full of youth and hope.”
A new round of opposing marches have been organized in Venezuela Wednesday, with plans for both opposition supporters and socialist youth backing the Maduro government to take to the streets in Caracas.