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Colombia: If Mubarak were Colombian

Around the time Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was scheduled to deliver his disappointing speech on February 10, 2011, the hashtag #siMubarakfueracolombiano (“If Mubarak were Colombian”) started trending on the local twittersphere.

Some users couldn't help comparing him to, for example, former Colombian presidents:

@afmoralest

#SiMubarakFueraColombiano le tendria miedo a @Alvarouribevel

#ifmubarakwerecolombian he'd be afraid of @Alvarouribevel [former president Álvaro Uribe]

@YudeNaguib

#simubarakfueracolombiano Seria el mejor amigo de Chavez y @AlvaroUribeVel

#ifmubarakwerecolombian he'd be [Venezuelan president Hugo] Chávez's and [former Colombian president] @AlvaroUribeVel's best friend

@JuanPabloVegaB

#siMubarakFueracolombiano “Aquí estoy y aquí me quedo”

#ifmubarakwerecolombian “I'm here and I'm here to stay” [as said by former Colombian president Ernesto Samper]

Others related him to episodes in local politics:

@vopa1

#siMubarakfueracolombiano ya habria derrotado la revolucion con una tutela

#ifmubarakwerecolombian he'd already defeated the revolution in court with an amparo

@donAlvar

#SiMubarakFueraColombiano los Nule ya tendrían el contrato para hacer un parqueadero en la plaza Tahrir

#ifmubarakwerecolombian the Nule group would already have a contract to build a parking lot at Tahrir Square

@olgacostany

#SiMubarakFueraColombiano tendria hipopotamos en su casa.

#ifmubarakwerecolombian he'd have hippos in his house.

@santana_mao

#SiMubarakFueraColombiano El asesor de imagen seria PIEDAD CORDOBA.

#ifmubarakwerecolombian [former senator] Piedad Córdoba would be his image consultant.

@FaridZardibia

#simubarakfueracolombiano José Obdulio andaria de turbante y con el Corán bajo el brazo. No tendría pincher si no Camellito Arias.

#ifmubarakwerecolombian [former presidential adviser] José Obdulio [Gaviria] would be wearing a turban and carrying a Qu'ran under his arm. He wouldn't have a pincher but a ‘camel’ [former Agriculture minister Andres Felipe] Árias.

@FernandoCanoC

#simubarakfueracolombiano Ingrid ya lo hubiera demandado y le tendria q hipotecar las piramides

#ifmubarakwerecolombian Íngrid [Betancourt] would have already sued him and he'd have to mortgage the pyramids.

Some users even asked:

@Juanesg

#simubarakfueracolombiano , esperen estamos en un 100% seguros de que no es Colombiano??? …

#ifmubarakwerecolombian, wait, are we 100% sure he's not Colombian??? …

@AndresCrispin found at least one similarity:

#SiMubarakFueraColombiano perseguirían a los periodistas… MOMENTO, eso igual pasa acá o_o

#ifmubarakwerecolombian journalists would be persecuted… WAIT, that also happens here o_o

Finally, other users believe that a revolution like the one taking place in Egypt would be unlikely in Colombia:

@MyloSR

#simubarakfueracolombiano todavía estaría en el poder porque somos demasiado flojos para protestar

#ifmubarakwerecolombian he'd be still in power because we're too lazy to protest

@GermanCeron

#SiMubarakFueraColombiano estaría muy tranquilo, porque en Colombia nadie protesta y a los jóvenes no les importa su futuro

#ifmubarakwerecolombian he would be quite relaxed, because in Colombia no one protests and young people don't care about their future

@Jacr3D

#simubarakfueracolombiano en este momento estaríamos sin twitter y no existirían HT tan maricas como este :D

#ifmubarakwerecolombian right now we wouldn't have Twitter access and a stupid HT like this one wouldn't exist :D

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