[ View the story "Divisions in Venezuela turn violent" on Storify] Divisions in Venezuela turn violent The Stream looks into what is behind the ongoing protests in the country.
The Stream· Mon, Feb 17 2014 08:43:24
Last week, as thousands
on the streets of Caracas, at least three people were
in clashes. On one side, pro-government armed groups known as "colectivos" have been
of thuggery and violence against protesters. The government, however,
opposition groups are using the protests to stage a coup against President Maduro.
Since the protests' violent turn on Wednesday, many online have complained of a media blackout as the government
the regional news channel NTN24, and newspapers were
by printing paper shortages. Subsequently, many turned to social media for information. On Thursday, a Twitter spokesperson said images on their site were allegedly
by the government after opposition supporters were reportedly
using false images
to depict police brutality.
Venezuela dictatorship blocking images from Twitter in repression of protests. #ReporteroNTN24Jerónimo Alayón G
Cars honk the horns. People banging pots protesting on the streets. This occurs in all Venezuela, right now. #SOSVenezuelaMarisol González
Become real world leaders and help our people who are dying in front of your eyes because your silence is killing them. #SOSVenezuelaCarolina C
#SOSVenezuela In France, a show of support for students who are protesting against Maduro gov't in #Venezuela.
Venezuelans on all sides of the protests are using social media to
different narratives. Government supporters are using
("Venezuela United Against Fascism") to highlight the spread of false information by anti-government protesters.
#VzlaUnidaContraElFascismo Via @Moises_Galvez This picture reveals the manipulation of false news: @ezequielvazquez
Medios españoles tergiversan la verdad sobre #Venezuela | #VzlaUnidaContraElFascismo @teleSURtv @VTVcanal8
Even pan-Latin American television station teleSur TV questioned the veracity of some images.
@teleSURTV: : The international press trying to manipulate showing photos of Honduras as if they were images of
#LAFOTO: La prensa internacional intenta manipular mostrando fotos de Honduras como si fuesen imágenes de #Venezuela
Venezuelan and Argentinian solidarity. The embassy in support of President Maduro.
@EmbaVen_Arg: Solidaridad venez y arge. frente a la Embajada en respaldo a Pdte.Maduro #VzlaUnidaContraElFascismo
#VzlaUnidaContraElFascismo No hay camino para la paz, la paz es el camino.
Maduro supporters, using
("We are an army of peace") also participated in a peace march on Saturday to protest violence by the opposition.
While the fascists try to destabilise the country we fight for peace and life.
#SomosEjercitoDePaz Mientras los fascistas intentan desestabilizar el país nosotros luchamos por la paz y la vida.
Opposition leader Leonardo Lopez's supporters have been using
("The Exit") to share images of ongoing protests.
Tahrir Square/Cairo? no Independence Square/Kiev? no Caracas/Plaza Venezuela/today Objective?=Same #LaSalida
This video, summarising the crisis in Venezuela has been viewed more than
times and was widely shared by members of the opposition.
What's going on in Venezuela in a nutshell (English version)3GD9vjjUYK-hhmATVg6F_w
The Stream community reacted to reports of false images being spread on Twitter and the role of social media in the protests.
Interested in war of images @julito77. Have you seen the way @teleSURtv questions many circulating images? Showing diff. context. @AJStreamLuis Marentes
@julito77 @AJStream But it's difficult as it is to verify and authenticate information in hostile situations and disinformation is a factor.Scott Ainslie
@AJStream ONLY foreing station reporting live from Venezuela @NTN24 yanked off air. Twitter images blocked- Gov has imposed media blackoutMariana_Atencio
@AJStream In #Venezuela given the fact that there is a genuine shortage of paper how can newspapers be published & the public be informed?Neslihan Kurosawa
@AJStream Should say my initial stance was highly supportive of protesters, as I support opponents of any govt, but not if they lie to me/us@b9AcE
Other community members criticised the student protesters.
The "Student" movement does not have a defined leader, they are called to the streets by politicians who later hide.
@KristieOBrien1 @AJStream El movimiento "estudiantil" no tiene líder definido, son llamados a las calles por políticos que luego se escondenRubén Lagonell
Students came out to march without a clear agenda, generating confusion and violence in the streets of some cities.
@KristieOBrien1 @AJStream estudiantes salieron a marchar sin una agenda clara generando confusión y violencia en calles de algunas ciudadesRubén Lagonell
Some debated Maduro's recent
@AJStream Protests should never be banned. The only result from that is loss of legitimacy for those that banned them.@b9AcE
Many argued over whether violence was being perpetuated by all sides.
@qhariwarmi @AJStream @lbotello LATAm civilians do not carry weapons like in the US, not even to defend themselves. Think again...Maria-Laura PatiÑo
@mlpatinol @qhariwarmi @AJStream @lbotello there are reports of shootings from both sides, "students" are the PR facade of opposition, sad.Camila Qhariwarmi
@mlpatinol @AJStream @lbotello @qhariwarmi obviously both sides are armed, Im referring to civilian, political rival groups, it can escalateCamila Qhariwarmi