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This Young Violinist Inspired Venezuelans to Stand for Freedom. Now He’s Rotting in Prison.

This article co-authored by IWP Research Professor Paul Coyer was published by The Daily Signal.

One of the stories coming out of Venezuela that has simultaneously saddened and inspired has been that of Wuilly Arteaga, a talented young violinist who grew up in the poorest part of Valencia, Venezuela’s third largest city.

Wuilly taught himself violin and won a place in one of Venezuela’s youth orchestras that are part of the country’s famous classical music program, “El Sistema,” despite having no formal training.

Wuilly’s contribution during Venezuela’s ongoing crisis has been to play patriotic Venezuelan songs on his violin during the street protests against the authoritarian rule of President Nicolas Maduro and the Socialist Party of Venezuela.

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