When Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez forced Radio Caracas Televsion (RCTV) off the air recently, he was met with protests by thousands who filled the streets of Caracas within hours of the action.
Crowds of protesters seem to materialize instantly, as many as 5,000 strong, then disappear into the city when police cracked down. Office workers left buildings to join student protesters. Chanting “freedom”, protesters say that the Chavez action is a blow to democracy. RCTV was often the lone voice of opposition to Chavez.
What is most interesting, with Chavez and his goons now in charge of media, how so many protesters could gather simultaneously. The answer? FaceBook. Venezuelans eager to know what is happening and to join the protest over RCTV’s closing, plus other grievances against the repressive Chavez regime, simply use FaceBook to share information.
Viva la revolution. Viva la social media. Viva FaceBook.