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In this edition: pro and anti-government protesters in Venezuela share conflicting stories on social media; an Australian woman shows her cancer scars on Facebook; and some young Americans partake in a spot of human bowling…
HASHTAGS FOCUSING ON VENEZUELA TELL DIFFERENT STORIES
For the past two weeks, Venezuela has been rocked by anti-government protests against soaring inflation and rampant crime. Opposition demonstrators have taken to the streets and also to the web where critics of Venezuela`s president Nicolas Maduro have been sharing messages testifying to the rising tensions in the country.
Protesters have been making great use of the hashtags #SOSVenezuela and #PrayforVenezuela, describing how the government has used violence against them and asking the international community for help. They have also been sharing numerous photos showing what they describe as the excessive use of police force to quell the protests.
Government supporters however absolutely reject these allegations and say opposition demonstrators are responsible for the violence, in which at least three protesters have died. Indeed, supporters of Nicolas Maduro have been posting under the #VzlaUnidaContraElFascismo hashtag which translates into English as “Venezuela United against Fascism”, saying protesters are working for foreign powers wanting to destabilize the country. The pro-Maduro claim the anti-government demonstrators are being assisted by international media and are spreading false information on line to get web users the world over on side…
 
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