Frederick Pinto is 21. He has been playing in El Sistema for ten years and is a member of its national orchestra.
On April 4, while walking to rehearsal, he was seized by police in Caracas, beaten and brutalised. ‘I’m a musician,’ he shouted, to no avail.
His mother, when she was summoned to pick him up, was threatened with violence to herself and the rest of the family. The threats were followed by phone calls.
The family left Venezuela and is now in Spain.
Frederick is appealing for funds to enable him to continue his musical studies.
He was not allowed to take his French horn out of Venezuela.
Watch, and weep.
Help here if you can. The appeal was launched this morning.