Collectives of Venezuelans are concerned that the videos that triggered controversy in social networks have caused problems in their daily lives in Ecuador.
Report cases of bullying in children and unfair dismissal. “We have kids who are suffering from bullying in schools, men, and women who are being dismissed without justification and women being photographed without their consent on the streets,” said Egleth Noda, representative of the Chamos collective in Ecuador. The afternoon of September 14, 2017, Noda, along with other members of the organization, sought support from the Embassy of Venezuela in Quito.
This daily toured Quito on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, to speak with Venezuelans who have migrated because of the situation in their country. “I arrived with my husband and my son, and we are going to fight for a worthy life,” Vianneth said. Some of them were shy.
Some of them were timid, something understandable after the various videos of Venezuelan compatriots who tell their experiences in this country. “We are thankful to the Ecuadorian people for opening the doors to us, for giving us work, so that we can help our families, and to overcome a difficult situation,” César said.
Against this backdrop, Venezuelan organizations met with Ambassador Carol Delgado Arria to find strategies to reduce the social impact of the videos uploaded on Youtube. “We have talked with two of the people who appear in the videos to generate a communication strategy, which entails their public apologies. We have been told that it was a manipulation of the videos, but authorities must assess the situation,” Noda said.
The root of the problem
Videos of a Venezuelan youtuber have circulated in social networks in which she mentions ten things about Ecuadorian people; this video stirred a wave of xenophobic comments against the youtuber.
Another case is that of Venezuelan reporter Rebeca Lebetkevicius of the Teleamazonas show ‘En Corto,’ who has been the victim of a wave of insulting messages and even requests to be expelled from the country since September 10, through social networks. The reason: she divulged videos on her YouTube channel about her experiences and thoughts since emigrating from Venezuela to Ecuador. Some Ecuadorians found them offensive
After the analysis of those videos, our team found the videos inoffensive. Lebetkevicius was only establishing the regional dialectic differences between the two countries. For this reason, several human rights organizations, including Fundamedios, a civil society organization that supports freedom of expression, rejected the xenophobic and the hatred-studded messages against the Venezuelan reporter.
It is understandable that those who emit these dehumanized and full of hatred comments are people without education, who have not invested enough time to analyze the videos.
Like Fundamedios, Ecuadortimes also apologizes to Rebeca Lebetkevicius for the comments against her. Those who judge her do not represent the entire people of Ecuador.