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The video is shaky, low quality. You can tell it’s taken from a distant window, on a cell phone. We see a thin, bald man wearing a sleeveless shirt walking through what seems to be a parking lot carrying a small back pack. He’s not throwing rocks or molotov cocktails, his face is not covered by a hood, either. Actually, he doesn’t even seem to be protesting. He just walks by, seemingly unaware of the events around him.

Suddenly, a group of police bikes surround him. Officers wearing riot gear jump off and immediately lay into him for no apparent reason. More bikes come and, within seconds, he’s being brutally beaten by at least ten officers. They use all they’ve got against him, from punches and kicks, to the butt of their shotguns and the transparent shields behind which they hide from the contempt of an entire country. The man tries to fight back, to protect himself somehow, but their numbers overwhelm him. After two terrible minutes, the officers take his backpack and shove him onto one of the bikes. The video ends.

You can see the whole thing here, if you can stomach it.

His name is Gyanny Scovino. He lives in Lechería, in Anzoátegui State: some 300 km east of Caracas. Local activists say he has Asperger Syndrome, a mild form of autism. The video of his brutal attack went viral on Venezuelan social media: an instant encapsulation of the current protest cycle, marked by unprovoked attacks faced with stunning resilience.

Scovino was taken to the National Guard’s Seventh Regional Command in nearby Puerto La Cruz, treated and eventually received surgery at a local health center, to treat unspecified lesions in his abdomen.

According to local Voluntad Popular activist, Irene Arveláez, his condition is currently stable but under custody and awaiting Court Martial. Yes, court martial. The charges he’ll face remain a mystery.

We’ve seen a lot of hard-to-watch videos come out of the current protest cycle. But none has punched the opposition as hard in its collective gut as Scovino’s. It seems to sum up the past three and a half months, to crystallize our reasons for protesting.

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  1. Absolutely disgusting the way that man was attacked by so called officers of the law. It made me sick to my stomach. Is this the depth of depravity that Venezuela has sunk to. I hope Maduro and his band of narco thugs get the justice they deserve.

  2. “As I mentioned before, exposure to true information does not matter anymore. A person who was demoralized is unable to assess true information. The facts tell nothing to him. Even if I shower him with information, with authentic proof, with documents, with pictures; even if I take him by force to the Soviet Union and show him [a] concentration camp, he will refuse to believe it, until he [receives] a kick in his fan-bottom. When a military boot crashes his… then he will understand. But not before that. That’s the [tragedy] of the situation of demoralization.” Yuri Bezmenov

  3. This shows the deeper problem within Venezuela.
    Corruption has penetrated every part of society.
    When Maduro is gone, how will the collectives be reined in and law and order restored?
    The police and National Guard lack credibility and have been the face of the oppression on the streets.
    When people are allowed to speak freely without retribution, how many murders and robberies will police and guardsman be accused of? Many people know who the local police are. It may be a little harder to identify the National Guard members, but there are many videos and photos that can be used as evidence.
    The general public has lost respect for these organizations and they lack legitimacy in most people’s opinions.

    • Hahaha collectivos and law and order will be restored by action man Oscar Perez!!! Just joking, but hopefully he is for real and will lead purge within police and military.

      No, seriously, the GNB grunts do nothing but rob people at traffic stops and checkpoints. The GNB officers (and especially generals) are nothing more than mafia bosses. They do nothing to bring peace and security to Venezuela. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!! They are completely worthless!!!!

      We are better served by municipal police, and that is all we have already. So nothing changes. We have ZERO security as it is.

      DISBAND THE ENTIRE GNB!!!!!! That has to be job numero uno once a new government is in place.

      All GNB who do not turn coat before July 30th will be without a job is how we got to spin it.

      F@%k these worthless losers

  4. Asperger’s isn’t a “mild” form of autism. That’s a miscategorization.

    It gets its specific classification within ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) because those afflicted share some similar traits, although each can suffer these to various degrees, and some can not suffer from some of the traits at all.

    In other words, each person is different, but it sure isn’t “mild” autism.

  5. I watched last night that 68% of Venezuelans surveyed want the GNB disbanded. I hope once this government falls, all of these scum are out of a job. Better to have them common street thugs than common street thugs in uniforms of brutality. The time for justice is coming.

    tic toc tic toc tic toc tic toc tic toc tic toc tic toc

  6. As always, the fundamental cowardice of the so called “security forces”, which feel they need to be about 12 to one so they can beat the crap out of somebody. Then of course if you show a video of a molotov being sent their way it is all “terrorism”.

    Throwing a molotov and probably burning somebody is not a good thing. But try to tell that to somebody that knows that if the same bunch of assholes catch him as indefense as this poor guy, they will take turns brutalizing him or her.

  7. There is in most people who day after day have to engage in violent collective confrontation with a group that aggresively opposes it a pent up rage that just explodes when they find themselves in a situation where they can bunch up and beat up a happles member of that group ……., they become brutalized by their experience and by feeling inmmune from any kind of retribution ………thus the kind of beating this video shows us .

    US soldiers in WWII or in Vietnam after going thru some brutalizing experience would respond barbarically to finding themselves facing a surrendered ‘enemy’ and murder them ……..it also happened during the guerrilla war which Venezuela underwent in the 60’s , counter guerrilla troops surprising guerrillas unprepared would take them prisioner and then shoot them out of sight of their officers.

    This is the danger of people engaging in situations of prolongued and brutal violence , that at one point they cross a threshold and become animals leading to the other group starting to do the same thing ……, Venezuelas Guerra a Muerte can in part be explained by this psychological phenomena.

    The victim of the beating although appearing isolated from any protest group was wearing gloves which is typical of protesters who specialize in picking up tear gas bombs fired by the GNB and throwing them back to those that fired them…….

    I fear that if an isolated GNB is taken prisioner by a protest group he might find himself visited with the same kind of violent treatment that we see in this video……

    Thats why its so important to find a way to stop the current confrontation from gaining further force before it takes a life of its own and becomes a full scale exercise in mutual brutality …..!! Thats why participating in todays polling exercise is so important….

  8. Which charges will be used against Scovino?
    Well, there’s that magic wand called “asalto al centinela” or “assault to the sentinel” which they made up for situations like this, which basically means “you didn’t let yourself to be beaten in a passive enough way”

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