Colombia’s anti-government protesters hilariously disrupted a social media offensive by far-right supporters of former President Alvaro Uribe with absurdist K-pop memes on Wednesday.
The “Uribistas” tried to discredit the indigenous participation in the opposition protests with hashtags that promoted racism and the National Police, which has violently tried to quell the largely peaceful manifestations.
The racist and authoritarian hashtags went viral as planned, but because they were hijacked by absurdist trolls who massively began promoting Korean pop music.
If the K-poppers are with us, who’s against us?
Journalist Felix de Bedout
— I AM 🇨🇴🇨🇦 (@SaturnRetro1111) May 12, 2021
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While most Tweets were hilariously nonsensical as K-pop is barely a thing in Colombia, other tweets were explicitly political.
One Tweet that was tagged “#ThankYouPresident,” explicitly told Duque “we’re fed up with you,” for example.
— ana maria (@anamaria3425126) May 12, 2021
#GraciasPresidente por dejarnos mostrarle al mundo que el kpop no son sólo unos cuantos fandom. Yo de usted señor Presidente reolantearía el contrato de las bodegas que no sirven de nada. Observen la belleza de
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— ᴮᴱ DAMoreno (@apita0) May 12, 2021
Another Tweet called for the election of K-pop star Kim Namjoon as president of Colombia.
— 🇨🇴 Rama⁷ ᵇᵘᵗᵗᵉʳ🧈 (@Texxt3) May 12, 2021
The political trolling campaign was arguably the most absurd since Colombia was connected to the internet, yet surprisingly effective.
Every attempt by government-loyal trolls to promote Duque, smear opposition Senator Gustavo Petro or incite hatred against ethnic minorities were neutralized immediately.
The ongoing anti-government protests have been accompanied by a massive attempt to censor independent media or close social media accounts, but with adverse effects.
The anti-fascist trolls ended up promoting the non-existent ambitions of Korean pop stars to become president of Colombia next year while destroying attempts to smear government opponents.