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Two Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Were Arrested In The Middle Of The Night And No One Knows Where They Are

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With guns drawn and masks over their faces, authorities in Caracas, Venezuela, raided the homes of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma and opposition leader Leopoldo López and kidnapped them in the middle of the night. The kidnapping comes just days after Venezuela held a controversial election to appoint a new arm to the government to rewrite the Venezuelan constitution. While President Nicolás Maduro is calling the vote a victory with more than 8 million votes cast, opponents are criticizing the election for being rigged in Maduro’s favor, speculating that only 2.5 million Venezuelans actually voted. One thing is sure, the vote did little to quell violence and protests that have gripped the South American country and claimed 120 lives since April.

Leopoldo López’s wife, Lilian Tintori , took to Twitter to let the world know about the kidnapping.

“#URGENT They just finished taking Leopoldo from the house,” Tintori tweeted. “We don’t know where he is or where they are taking him. Maduro is responsible if something happens to him.”

She also shared surveillance video capturing the kidnapping.

In the surveillance video above, you can see López being taken from his home in Caracas. López, who can be seen in the bottom right corner of the video wearing a white t-shirt, is loaded into the car by a group of armed individuals. López had been released from prison on July 8 after three years as a political prisoner, but was placed on house arrest.

“12:27 a.m.: The moment in which the dictator kidnapped Leopoldo from my house,” reads Tintori’s tweet. “You won’t vanquish him!”

Mitzy Ledezma Capriles, the wife of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma, posted a video of the moment he was taken from his house in his pajamas.

As he is being taken out of his home you can hear people shouting, “They’re taking Ledezma! They’re taking Ledezma!” Everyone in the video, except for the police force, are dressed in their pajamas. Tweeting from her husband’s page, Ledezma Capriles wrote:

“Mitzy. Through the strength of hitting and pushing they took Antonio from out home. The regime is responsible for his life and integrity.”

Ledezma Capriles recorded her daughter, Oriette, giving the world an official announcement of the kidnapping.

“We want to formally report that Antonio Ledezma, mayor of Caracas, was kidnapped again in the early morning today,” Oriette says to the camera. “He was in pajamas. We don’t know his whereabouts. A group of men with their faces covered and dressed in camouflage came and took him. He’s been kidnapped again. The regime is responsible for his life and physical integrity. This report is for Venezuela and the whole world because they continue to violate the human rights of Antonio Ledezma and Venezuelans.”

READ: After Three Years As A Political Prisoner, The Leader Of The Opposition In Venezuela Is Under House Arrest

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This Four Minute Film About A Gay Boy And His Crush Is Melting The Hearts Of So Many People And Here’s Why

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This Four Minute Film About A Gay Boy And His Crush Is Melting The Hearts Of So Many People And Here’s Why

After teaming up with each other for their thesis project, students Beth David and Esteban Bravo recently finalized and released their short animated film, “In a Heartbeat.” Even though the film is only four minutes long, and includes no dialogue, it’s touching the hearts of so many people, and here’s why…

With a reach of over 3 million+ views in just one day, this short animated film, “In a Heartbeat,” directed by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, is putting people in touch with their emotional side.

As part of their thesis project at Ringling College of Art and Design, David and Bravo collaborated for a year to bring this project to life. The short animated film tells the story of “a closeted boy that runs the risk of being outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams,” as Bravo explained in an Instagram post. Considering that it’s “very rare that an LGBTQ character is given the spotlight, especially in a medium like animation that is predominantly geared towards children and family,” David and Bravo told NBC they wanted to create a short film representative of not only the LGBTQ community, but specifically of LGBTQ children within that community.

After participating in their school’s annual student juried exhibition, David and Bravo’s short film received the Juror’s Gold Award, which was a huge honor and overwhelming accomplishment for them both.



But the Juror’s Gold Award isn’t the only thing David and Bravo are excited about receiving, they are overwhelmed with happiness by the response they’re getting from audiences.


“As artists, that’s when you know you’ve made something cool — when other artists draw your art,” Bravo told MTV.

Fans are showing David and Bravo their appreciation for “In A Heartbeat” in different art forms including freehand drawings…


And memes.

You can’t forget about the memes.

Even though this was only a four-minute clip, there’s no doubt that “In a Heartbeat” is giving people all the feels.


Thank you David and Bravo for a beautiful and touching short film animation. ???

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