Clarinetist is jailed in Venezuela over a political tweet

Clarinetist is jailed in Venezuela over a political tweet


norman lebrecht

July 14, 2019

Karen Palacio played principal clarinet at the National Philharmonic Orchestra for three months before being offered a contract, subject to a formal audition.

Soon after, she was told the offer had been withdrawn, ‘because I signed against the regime’.

She took to Twitter to complain.


Karen was promptly arrested. She has been held in jail for almost a month by the Maduro regime.

Please share as widely as you can.

Save Karen.




    Last week they shot out the eyes of a 16 year-old boy who was peacefully protesting fuel shortages (google it), on the same day that Bachelet’s UN report was published revealing thousands of extra-judicial killings (google it), and days after they tortured a Navy captain by crushing his bones, then burying him without his family’s consent (google it).

    This is the same regime the opportunistic classical music industry has been trumpeting and white-washing for the past 20 lamentable years, despite warnings and protests from the knowing, informed, principled few.

    Karen is in our hearts, and campaigns.

  • PHF says:

    Latin America insists on its medieval affairs with authoritarian governments. Sometimes left, sometimes right. Arts do not prevail around here.

    Before anyone complains, I’m latin american, born and raised.

    • Anon says:

      The arts do prevail when the artists support the authoritarian government, as in Venezuela. Look at the rise of Dudamel and el Sistema.

  • anon says:

    This jailing is preposterous and an outrage. She should be immediately freed. At the same time, I hope people will consider history and the outside forces that are a significant part of Venezuela’s duress. The motives of these outside forces are anything but noble. Look at the whole picture.

  • carlos2bass says:

    Hey Dude! Would you give Maduro a phone call and ask him to leave her alone? Where is Gustavo when he is needed.

  • Mariana O says:

    How despicable and horrible. It shows once again the sheer cruelty of the Maduro regime. I am so sorry for her and her family and wish them all the strength and persistence they can muster.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Does this mean the utopian socialist project doesn’t work, or are your just going to be “different”?

  • carsten andersen says:

    She was out of prision july 16th