The Bachelor star Juan Pablo Galavis just might be our favorite celeb of Venezuelan descent. (No hard feelings, Wilmer Valderrama.) But now is not a good time to have loved ones in Venezuela, as the country deals with violent unrest this week.
Students in Venezuela have taken to the South American nation’s streets to protest the conditions of their schools, and sadly, things turned violent on February 12. Three anti-government protesters were killed in the clash with police, and dozens more protesters were injured.
Juan Pablo — who was born in the U.S. but lived in Venezuela from the age of 2 until attending college in New York — has been showing his support for the protesters this week on Twitter. “I'm GOING to bed PRAYING for my country… #Venezuela,” Juan Pablo tweeted on the evening of the riots.
Juan Pablo posted several links to sites featuring photos of Venezuelan protesters being beaten and covered in blood, many of whom have horrific injuries. “IMAGES that Venezuelan President Maduro DON'T want the world to SEE... ##SoPiiiiissed,” Juan Pablo writes about the frightening photos. “The FACE of the students in my COUNTRY says it ALL... #Sad.”
“Our POLICE shooting against STUDENTS... #Amazing,” he writes about a YouTube video showing the violence. “My country is BROKE…”
We wish all the best to the Venezuelan people, and our thoughts are with anyone whose loved ones were affected by the conflict.
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Sources: CNN, Juan Pablo on Twitter