As the situation on the streets of Venezuelan cities deteriorates, with unarmed students being shot at and in some cases killed by government soldiers, the importance of social media becomes ever more obvious. The Maduro government has done everything it can to silence the protesters: from censoring national media to attempting to block Twitter feeds. Clearly the government of Venezuela doesn’t want you to know what’s going on there. Unfortunately for Maduro and his cohorts things have changed and it is no longer a simple task to quell the growing voice of Venezuelans.
In 1968 at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, as anti-war protesters were being man-handled and beaten by police, they chanted “The whole world is watching”. In those days the whole world could indeed see the rough treatment these peaceful protesters were being subjected to in newspapers the next day and on TV. Today the vehicles for instantly getting out messages to the world – the Internet – are virtually impossible to control. Maduro must be hoping the world is watching the Olympics.
Below are some examples of the artistic pleas for help posted by Venezuelans on various social media.