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Colombia: Twitter Reactions After Special Session Between Venezuela and Colombia at OAS

During the past two weeks, Colombia and Venezuela have been going through diplomatic tensions due to accusations from the Colombian government about the presence of groups marginal to the law (FARC and ELN specifically) in the neighboring country. The issue was finally taken to a Special Session in the Organization of American States (OAS), where the ambassadors of both countries presented their points of view. During the session, Colombians using Twitter were actively expressing their opinions which ranged from comparing the Colombian ambassador to a salesman to criticizing his intervention, when he talked about Colombia showing progress because of decreasing figures on violence. Despite this, some users supported him.

Here is a summary of the opinions as seen on the Colombian twittersphere:

David (@pollohipnotico):

RT @LilyMalone Yo quiero vivir en el país del que habla Hoyos. ¿Alguien me dice dónde queda? #OEA // + 45'000.000

RT @LilyMalone I want to live in the country Hoyos [the Colombian ambassador] is talking about. Can someone tell me where that is? #OEA [OAS] // + 45'000.000

Javier A. Fernández (@javi270270):

Ese colombiano habla como loro y no presenta ni una prueba……

That Colombian talks like a parrot [meaning, he talks a lot] and doesn't present any evidence…..

Sisifo Roca: (@SisifoRoca):

Coloquialismo montañero y parroquial totalmente fuera de contexto en un foro internacional donde la dignidad del país debería enaltecerse.

Mountain and parochial colloquialisms are completely out of place in an international forum where the dignity of the country should be exalted

Juliana Salazar (@chefjulianin):

Esta presentación ante la OEA es como sacar la tarea de un postgrado de wikipedia.

This presentation in front of the OAS is like doing homework for a postgraduate using Wikipedia.

Johanna Colmenares H (@ColHe)

Excelente la presentación del Sr. Hoyos en la asamblea de la #OEA

Excellent presentation by Mr. Hoyos in the session of the #OEA

Farid Urrutia (@faridurrutia):

Excelente presentación del embajador Hoyos sobre la evidencia de los campamentos guerrilleros en Venezuela #OEA #asisehablanojoda

Excellent presentation from ambassador Hoyos about the evidence of the guerrilla camps in Venezuela #OEA #asisehablanojoda

Andrés david Aparicio (@adapar)

#OEA la presentación parece esas sesiones interminables de “miremos las fotos de mis vacaciones”

#OEA the presentation looks like those never-ending sessions of “let's look at my vacation pictures”

Victor Solano (@solano):

Lo de hoy en la #OEA debe hacer parte de celebraciones del #bicentenario porque nos recuerda la fragilidad de nuestros gobiernos

What happened today at the #OEA should be part of the celebrations for the #bicentenario [bicentennial] because it reminds us of how fragile our governments are.

CatalinaporDios (@catalinapordios)

dice Colombia en la #OEA sabemos que están en Venezuela, lo vimos en youtube JAJAJAJAJA

Colombia says in the #OEA we know they are in Venezuela, we saw it on youtube HAHAHAHA

After the session at the OAS, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez broke relations with Colombia.

Joaly Padilla (@joaly25)

#OEA Me averguenza la ligereza con q el gobierno venezolano ha tomado lo ocurrido hoy en OEA. Afectados: los pueblos hermanos de VZLA y COL

#OEA I'm embarrassed by how lightly the Venezuelan government has taken what happened today at the OAS. Affected: neighboring peoples of Venezuela and Colombia.

Julieth Beltrán (@JuliethBlues):

Y las relaciones rotas a quien más nos afecta es a nosotros los que vivimos en la frontera, el comercio acá está jodido.

Those that are most affected by the broken ties are those of us who live on the border, business here is screwed.

Orlando (@DanielitoBang) :

Más de 2000 muertos enterrados en una fosa común AL LADO DE UNA BASE DEL EJÉRCITO COLOMBIANO. Eso NO nos indigna.

More than 2000 buried in a mass grave NEXT TO A COLOMBIAN MILITARY BASE. That DOESN'T bother us.

Alejandra Ortega (@AlejitaO)

Para mi merece más atención la Fosa común que la #OEA, romper relaciones con Venezuela es cosa de cada semana.

In my opinion the mass grave deserves more attention that the #OEA, breaking ties with Venezuela is a weekly occurrence.

Andrés Zorro (@ZorroDG)

Ahora no falta todo ese montón de intolerantes colombianos y venezolanos atacándose entre ellos con la excusa de “patria”.

Now there are a bunch of intolerant Colombians and Venezuelans attacking each other under the excuse of “homeland” [or patriotism]

Cheshire Cat (@_Cheshire_Cat_):

Chávez está muy loco, pero también están muy locos los colombianos que quieren una guerra con Venezuela

Chávez is very crazy, but the Colombians that want a war with Venezuela are also very crazy

Sisifo Roca (@SisifoRoca):

Ahora: Chávez rompe con Uribe. Prox. Santos arregla con Chávez. Sig. Chávez rompe con Santos. Cont. USA invade VEN.

Now: Chávez breaks [ties] with Uribe. Next [:] Santos fixes things with Chávez. Then [:] Chávez breaks [ties] with Santos. And then [:] USA invades Venezuela

Labobadaliteraria (@bobadaliteraria)

Celebre el bicentenario, arme una guerra.

Celebrate the bicentennial, start a war.
This post was translated by Silvia Viñas. The thumbnail image comes from Flickr user Globovisión and is used under a Creative Commons license.

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