Campaign via twitter gives Rafael Correa the finger…my translation, global voices…original post by Paulina Aguilera Munoz

It’s nothing new that on Twitter Ecuador and other social networks have been the main mediums of criticism and support of the President Rafael Correa. Now, a campaign dubbed “Un dedo para Correa“has appeared on Twitter and other social networks which has it’s origin of protest on the hashtag #undedoparacorrea on Twitter. On the campaign webpage, people are shown in photographs with their index fingers raised in protest of “silly penalties”.

One Finger for Correa is a PROTEST NOT A PROPOSITION:
It would be absurd that giving someone the finger would be a proposition. Nor does a protest need to be profound, ideal, dogmatic, massive, intellectual, ideological, etc. It can be as simple as raising a finger as an elemental signal of nonconformity. Moreover, taking into account that the recent publication (a president who uses public resources to pursue or insult) es a valid protest. Nothing more, nothing less. Simply valid.

Rafael Correa, dedo.
President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, from a Flickr user, Presidency of the Republic of Ecuador (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The story of the Finger and the Campaign starts with the detention of Irma Parra last April 13th; she was driving her vehicle and at the point of crossing the presidential delegation raised the index finger of her left hand and made “NO” signs to the referendum. The government’s version is that Irma Parra not only manifested her opposition to the governmental proposition but she also raised her left hand and made an obscene gesture to the Head of State. The polarised Ecuadorian media said that one sole step of the arrest of the woman for backing the “NO” in the referendum to accusations of aggression against the President.

The woman was detained and accused of misdemeanours against the administration, and in the Rebellion and Attempts against Public Servants Act (Art. 230, Penal Code).

Charges, number of people arrested during Correa’s national touring, analyses on freedom of speech and public order and other topics have been brought up in the moving campaign on social networks.

Henry Raad wrote sarcastically in his blog on the “finger”:
It seemed like an inoffensive and insignificant body part, almost a simple appendage at the end of each hand. We haven’t given it the recognition that it is due and as such, the Flaming Constitution of Montecristo has never given it a single paragraph. I think that it is a mistake and has already covered transcendentally in the lexicon of the Ecuadorian penal system and merits immediate legislation.

María Rosa Pólit A. explains the campaign in an opinion piece in El Teléfrago:

a spontaneous upsurge of citizen protest promoted on the social network Twitter, which openly defies, and categorically, the criminalisation of conduct that doesn’t represent danger for citizens.

Columnist Carlos Andres Vera in his blog Polificcion, adds this to the criticism:

As Belén Proaño said it on Twitter, it’s curious that the government always manages it’s “managers”. Do you see the contradiction? Can you see the dangers of perceiving power in that manner? I simply don’t accept the saying, “I am respected because I am respected”. I rejected it outright. In this sense, we are not playing their game. If we do, then it would be asking that everyone who has insulted me (of which there are many) be arrested. I could start with all the insults on my blog, Twitter and facebook. But, I simply ignore them. It’s the best response.

Carlos Jijón (@carlosjijon) writes:

All the power of the State against Irma Parra. IRS, Ministry of Labour, the 3 state owned channels pursuing a woman who lifted a finger.

Jose Jalil Perez (@j_jalil_perez) compares this finger with the Book fair Controversy in Buenos Aires for the “El Gran Hermano” book that speaks of the scandal about the million dollar contracts linked to Fabricio Correa, the elder brother of President Correa. A public servant by the name of Jose Torres came to withdraw the book from the fair and when he was confronted by journalists and attendees of the fair also raised the finger”

Perez comments:

@janethinostroza on the fingering of Irma Parra we only saw testimonies but the one from Torres was actually captured on film.

Liliana Cordova (@lilaladiva) replied:

@restevesd: @mashiroberto @cruzcelta @AuzFabian #undedoparacorrea it is done by cowards who can’t construct an argument and these things happen

Roberto Wohlgemuth (@MashiRoberto) indica:

@eduardovarcar @rafaelugon @roosjs @Polificcion

this campaign isn’t seen as input, but as an offense.

Martín Pallares in Desde la Tranquera affirms:

It is without doubt that having a president incapable of tolerating what a citizen says, even if it is the most obscene of gestures, is undignified for a society that intends to live up to democratic norms.

On the proposition Alfredo Paulsen comments:

This needs to be circulated (I’ll suggest it to my friends on facebook and my followers on Twitter.

On the blog YucaJuridica the protest has passed, now on to the proposition:

In days past, the hashtag #undedoparacorrea and the website http://www.undedoparacorrea.com not only adhesion or rejection are generated but the interest of other users of this social network so that the protest may not die in a “yucazo” but will evolve into a proposition that defends basic democratic principles and freedom of speech, up to a judicial level.

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~ by louella001 on April 30, 2011.

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