Famed Venezuelan Conductor Gustavo Dudamel Urges Politicians to Solve Country’s Crisis Democratically

Dudamel’s video message to politicians marks the first time the famed musician has spoken out on the current political situation in Venezuela.

Renowned Venezuelan orchestra conductor Gustavo Dudamel has sent a message to politicians in his country, urging all parties to not let “egos” cloud the need for urgent action to remedy the ongoing political crisis and prevent the country from sliding into a potential “fratricidal conflict.”

Dudamel, longtime music director of Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra as well as music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, shared a video message on Twitter Tuesday calling for a democratic solution to the high-running political tensions that have sparked near-daily marches in the country both in favor of and against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

“I want to make a call to political leaders to find the necessary ways to get out of this crisis that afflicts our beloved Venezuela,” Dudamel said. “Primarily, we must put aside egos, ideologies and definitely listen to and think about the people.”

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