VENEZUELA/MIAMI

Anti-Chavistas don’t let the truth get in the way

 

tpadgett@wlrnnews.org

Pietra Diwan takes pride in the master’s degree she earned in history back in her native Brazil. But a passion for historical accuracy may cost her the business she built here in South Florida.

As a historian, Diwan pays attention to document details. That’s why she raised flags last month when Venezuelan friends here started posting Facebook photos of the ongoing anti-government protests in Venezuela.

These were supposedly images of Venezuelan government brutality. But Diwan noticed that many of the Facebook pictures were actually from unrest in places like Syria and Ukraine. So she mentioned it on her own Facebook account.

“We have to make sure the information is right,” Diwan says. “I think [otherwise] they can lose their credibility.”

But Diwan lives in Doral, which has one of the largest Venezuelan communities in the United States. It almost uniformly opposes Venezuela’s socialist regime, which most expatriates blame for the country’s economic crisis and violent crime plague.

As a result, rather than take the bogus photos down, some of Diwan’s Venezuelan friends lashed out.

To read the rest of Tim Padgett’s column, click here.

Tim Padgett is WLRN's Americas editor. To read the rest of this column, go to: http://wlrn.org/post/how-doral-woman-became-victim-anti-chavista-witch-hunts

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