Friday 23 February 2018

Violin-playing protester freed from jail in Venezuela

Wuilly Arteaga plays his violin during clashes with Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guards on the first day of a 48-hour general strike on July 26 (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)
Wuilly Arteaga plays his violin during clashes with Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guards on the first day of a 48-hour general strike on July 26 (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

A violinist who is a well-known face of protests against Venezuela's socialist government has been freed after more than two weeks in prison.

The office of Venezuela's chief prosecutor said that a court granted its request for Wuilly Arteaga to be let out on parole.

He was detained last month during a protest and his lawyers have said he was beaten with his violin while during custody.

The 23-year-old musician skyrocketed to fame after he and his violin were dragged to the ground by national guardsmen during a confrontation with protesters.

Mr Arteaga was often seen playing sombre renditions of Venezuela's national anthem while standing amid clouds of tear gas.

He was even invited to Washington to perform for members of the US Congress.

Press Association

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