The Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has attacked the conductor Gustavo Dudamel for urging his government to bring peace to the country.
Appearing on television, Maduro told Dudamel: ‘I hope God forgives you.’
‘Welcome to politics, Gustavo Dudamel. But act with ethics, and don’t let yourself be deceived into attacking the architects of this beautiful movement of young boys and girls,’ he added, claiming regime ownership of the Sistema youth movement from which Dudamel sprang.
There has been no response from Dudamel, or from his mentor Abreu (pictured above with Maduro).