[ View the story "Venezuelans divided on the streets and on Twitter" on Storify] Venezuelans divided on the streets and on Twitter Differing narratives dominate Venezuela's online conversation.
AJAMStream· Tue, Feb 18 2014 14:57:04
( On the 18th of February, Leopoldo, I will accompany you by shutting down my street ) has served as a rallying cry for many Lopez supporters. The Harvard-educated politician surrendered around midday local time on charges of inciting "terrorism" among demonstrators, many of whom are students. Maduro, you just chose the next president of Venezuela (Lopez pictured). Translation:
MADURO ELEGISTE EL PROXIMO PRESIDENTE DE VENEZUELA! #18FLeopoldoTeAcompanoTrancandoMiCalle ! http://t.co/5drmlF2zJmJesus Morales
Translation (Image): (
Lopez) left everyone a clear message: Those who get tired lose! Dont forget: This race is not about strength, it's about resistance. We can't abandon the street: Not even for a day...#CloseYourStreet
: Here is Leopoldo's message! Please RT Translation (Tweet)
Aquí está el mensaje de Leopoldo Lopez! POR FAVOR RT #18FLeopoldoTeAcompanoTrancandoMiCalle http://t.co/6mhmMVRuUo http://t.co/23FArhUHHRPablo Antonio Leon
#18FLeopoldoTeAcompanoTrancandoMiCalle Caracas Venezuela!!! http://t.co/0OtPxmKSx1#UnIrónicoPelaBola
Translation: Pay attention to the consequences. The town of Tachira is about to blow!!!
#18FLeopoldoTeAcompanoTrancandoMiCalle q se atengan a las consecuencias el pueblo del Tachira esta arrecho!!! http://t.co/nmcD1MOc7O6Δ8®|£[
Government supporters have retaliated with .
Knees in the ground with Nicolas Maduro. The hashtag is used to express a deep loyalty to the Venezuelan president, who succeeded the late Hugo Chavez. Translation: Translation: So that you know, Venezuela must be respected. The country is out on the street defending the homeland.
Para q entiendan q Venezuela se respeta. El pueblo en la calle defendiendo la patria #RodillaEnTierraConNicolasMaduro http://t.co/sdTNQVnrrxLEALTAD ABSOLUTA
Oil workers marching on Tuesday in defense of the Revolution. Translation:
Trabajadores petroleros marcharán este martes en defensa de la Revolución #RodillaEnTierraConNicolasMaduro http://t.co/KzlEDSKuAjL. Victoria
Supporters also used the hashtag to decry the opposition as "fascists," a characterization
put forth by President Maduro.
These fascists believed that President Nicolas Madura is alone, opponents make no mistake. Translation:
#RodillaEnTierraConNicolasMaduro Estos fascista se cree que el presidente Nicolás Maduro esta solo, opositores no se equivoquen.José Gómez
Many supporters on Twitter agreed with Maduro's view, put forth today in his speech, that Lopez's arrest was made in an effort to keep him
from threats the opposition leader may have encountered.
The life of the fascist Leopoldo is guaranteed, thanks to the revolutionary government, we are a guarantee of peace. Translation: ...
#RodillaEnTierraConNicolasMaduro ..la vida del fascista Leopoldo esta garantizada, Gracias al Gobierno Revolucionario,Somos Garantía de PazZulay Martinez
Protests against the Maduro government began weeks ago,
for an end to "crime, corruption and economic hardships."
Translation: Don't ever lose hope for a free Venezuela.
Nunca se pierde la esperanza, por tener una Venezuela libré #SOSVenezuela #F12 #prayforvenezuela http://t.co/JJLUm2eMKWMariaa†
This week, Al Jazeera's The Stream took an in-depth look at the protests. For more information, click the link below.
Divisions in Venezuela turn violentThe Stream looks into what is behind the ongoing protests in the country.