For those who doesn’t speak spanish and don’t understand Venezuela’s issues.
Why the protests in vnzla
yeah they’re killing us
Well, looks like I still have some work cut out for me tonight. First and foremost, if those kids did that, well, idiots. That said, the usual and damning evidence.
What are you trying to say? Nay, what are you trying to imply? That because there’s some dumb pictures, there is not the tragedy that - unfortunately for you - has been well documented by now?
I’ve been tired of this fallacy from the get go. Just as fake pictures do not disprove real ones, bouts of leniency do not excuse the abuser. To go with a metaphor, here: “Ah, your husband beats you? You have pictures of it. But I saw he bought you a cake the other day. He MUST be nice.”
Now, that said,
True, there were people that were “selfie-ing” when the protests started. Look 12 days later, can u find one selfie? It was highly condemned by people in venezuela as well and some leaders said that this is not a show.
A selfie doesn’t justify the real tragedy. Plus it is highly documented now.
When people don’t know about things they should not talk about them. Unless they want to appear to be idiots.
There is already a media blackout don’t contribute to ignorance.
Like the person above me said “mamaguevo” and excuse my french.
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No, we are not joking.
Today (sf time today) in SF bay area Venezuelans gathered to show support for the students and people protesting peacefully and tell whoever wanted to listen about what is going on in Venezuela currently.
Here in the video we are singing the Venezuelan anthem as a signal that the gathering was ending. The last time i sang this it was around 7 years ago when i left the country for good. I had a weird feeling and for some reason i stressed out about “what if i cant remember the words”. But i sang and cheered and laughed as the lady in front of me on the video was scolding her friend for being late.
Before someone points out the obvious. Yes we know that we are not there, thanks. The intention is to show support to tell people about it. Not a photo, not “faranduleo”. It’s our cousins, friends, whoever we care about that is there putting themselves on the line for what they believe.
What can we the ones outside do to help?
1. Spread reliable information. We need to verify sources and keep people inside informed. Remember there is a blackout, a lot of people don’t know really what is going on. Stopping the retweet mania of everything without checking.
2. Know where your people is: check in with friends/family/whatever at least once a day. Know what they are doing, where they are.
3. Spread information outside: there is little coverage for what is going on so if possible. Translating info, write or talk to people that may help. If not at least help spreading it in an organized manner.
4. Teach others: twitter and other social networks are the only way atm to keep people informed. Teach people how to use them.
5. Don’t get into stupid internet arguments: a lot of people will say “you don’t live here you know nothing” or similar phrases of stupidity. Ignore them. Block them. We are all Venezuelans we all are affected by this. As long as we have our cedulas, we vote and have people there, we are allowed to care. So screw those people that tell you that you can’t.
6. Most importantly: when you call your people, tell them you love them.
One thing i really liked about the gathering today was this that was said or written “we are far away but not absent”
Everything affects us and for us far is hard. We were all in embarcadero talking and getting along…a whole bunch of people some spoke to all about what they thought and no one was insulted. Now that was refreshing.
We are not absent…we are all the same in the end.