When I was at the university, my teachers were very determined when they said that social media wasn’t considered as a communication media but a tool. I wonder if they still feel the same, after the past events in Venezuela.
The Youth Day is celebrated in Venezuela on the February 12, to commemorate the day of the Battle of La Victoria, when Jose Felix Ribas won a decisive victory over the Spanish colonial army, with the help of around a thousand of students from schools and universities.
The past February 12, was the perfect scenario for the opposition party to have a march against the government of the illegitimate president Nicolas Maduro; and raise voices against violence, scarcity, public service malfunction, and other issues affecting the venezuelan society. When Maduro realized that the protest was a massive success in different states around the country, he decided to send troops from the national guards, whose labour is to guarantee the security of the nation.
Those living the Bolivarian Revolution, know that people are angry and very tired of this 15 years of abuse, and that was what made the students go harder about the slogans they were singing, getting louder and closer. The troops, protected by the law and owned by the government, started to shoot tear bombs at the students, and they answered with rocks or whatever they could throw. Chaos ruled the streets and suddenly it was almost a civil war, the only difference is that the troops were armed with weapons, and the students were armed with their voices and their signs.
While two students were killed and a dozen injured, there was soap opera on the national TV channels. Rapidly, the news were spread through the social network, and the international media started to come to the country to cover the news. CNN was banned from the channels and the reporters sent back home. There is a media blackout, the reason why the social media is having an important role in Venezuela, because is the only way that citizens have to be informed and to let the world know about the situation.
The next video is a CNN interview with a representative from the Consulate of Venezuela in Canada, about the violence against the students during the protests. This is the best example to show you the PR style of the Venezuelan government to “answer” uncomfortable questions.
NOTE: To see the english subtitles, select “Español/Spanish”.