Social media meets social unrest in Guatemala Guatemala is in the throes of its most intense political convulsions since a bloody 36-year civil...
Social media meets social unrest in GuatemalaGuatemala is in the throes of its most intense political convulsions since a bloody 36-year civil war ended in 1996. A president accused of assassination by the victim himself, from beyond the grave; government officials accused of corrupt dealings with one of the country's largest banks; thousands marching in the street, week after week, demanding an end to impunity.And in this crisis, online social networks such as Twitter and YouTube have become key, dynamic forces. Some are calling this "the Twitter Revolution."The current crisis was sparked by a viral video: one recorded by attorney Rodrigo Rosenberg four days before he was murdered. The 18-minute testimony begins with the words, "If you are watching this message it is because I have been murdered by President Álvaro Colom." In the video, Rosenberg claimed he would be targeted because he planned to come forward with evidence that Colom's government engaged in drug money laundering and misuse of public funds through a partly state-owned bank.