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Gustavo Dudamel Addresses Venezuela's Leaders: 'Enough Is Enough'

Long reticent to address the turmoil in his native country, conductor Gustavo Dudamel posted a lengthy open letter to the Venezuelan president and government today.
Venezulean conductor Gustavo Dudamel, conducting in Vienna, Austria, in January 2017. Source: Dieter Nagl

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel — one of the most famous Venezuelans in the world today and one of the world's most prominent classical musicians — issued an open letter today to the president and government in his native country.

Long reticent to address politics directly, he has published his comments in a letter titled "Levanto Mi Voz / I Raise My Voice," in both Spanish and English. (The full text is below, in both languages.)

"Nothing justifies bloodshed. We must stop ignoring the just cry of the people suffocated by an intolerable crisis," he writes, continuing: "I urgently call on the President of the Republic and the national government to rectify and listen to the voice of the Venezuelan people. Times cannot be defined by the

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