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Thu May 13, 2021, 07:10 PM

Colombia's anti-government protests Part 2: fighting hate speech with K-pop

by Adriaan Alsema May 12, 2021

The racisColombia’s anti-government protesters hilariously disrupted a social media offensive by far-right supporters of former President Alvaro Uribe with absurdist K-pop memes on Wednesday.

The “Uribistas” tried to discredit the indigenous participation in the opposition protests with hashtags that promoted racism and the National Police, which has violently tried to quell the largely peaceful manifestations.t and authoritarian hashtags went viral as planned, but because they were hijacked by absurdist trolls who massively began promoting Korean pop music.

If the K-poppers are with us, who’s against us?

Journalist Felix de Bedout

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The political trolling campaign was arguably the most absurd since Colombia was connected to the internet, yet surprisingly effective.

Every attempt by government-loyal trolls to promote Duque, smear opposition Senator Gustavo Petro or incite hatred against ethnic minorities were neutralized immediately.


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