With the highest number of Facebook users in Central America and a Twitter population growing by the thousands every month, social media can be a great place to find out what’s buzzing in Guatemala. Of course, there’s also a whole lot of nonsense posted online too, but at XelaWho we like nonsense so here are some of last month’s social media trends, with the interesting & the informative alongside the vacuous & the ludicrous.
Last month, the Ministry of Education, along with the Great National Campaign for Education and several other organizations, held a conference as part of an effort to discuss solutions to improving digital education and access in Guatemalan public schools. The Great National Campaign for Education is run by the Association for Research and Social Studies, an organization in Guatemala City that lobbies various ministries and community members to develop sustainable solutions to some of the country’s most pressing political, educational, and economic problems. The plan is to finally say #AdiosBrechaDigitalGT, and get all students properly trained to work in our increasingly digital world.
The future is uncertain for Guatemalan Magistrate Douglas Charchal, whose immunity was stripped during the #LaLinea investigation of 2015. It was suspected that Charchal accepted bribes to speed along rulings to favor the criminal doings of ex-President Otto Pérez and ex-Vice President Roxana Baldetti. Charchal is now sending a letter around the supreme court, basically asking for his old job back. Although Charchal wasn’t linked directly to all the La Linea shenanigans, his involvement and favorable rulings were quite suspicious, and are reason enough for Guatemalans to be nervous about his plans to return to his day job. #FueraCharchal hashtags are flying all over Twitter, with Guatemalans continuing to voice their desire to shed the corrupt reputation of their government.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales just keeps falling further and further down into the seemingly bottomless time-warp-sinkhole of a first term. The hashtag #NoTeQueremosJimmy exists not only because he has insulted the entire indigenous population of Guatemala with his pretty vulgar comedy, he’s also outwardly applauded the Guatemalan military’s “exemplary work” by honoring them during the first Army Day Ceremony for over a decade (the event was banned for that time out of respect to the victims of the civil war). His most recent raising of the gas tax has also been received with a wave of criticism, and has started the hilarious response to his campaign slogan: #NiCementoNiGasolina (his campaign slogan was #NiCorruptoNiLadron, which translates to “neither corrupt, nor a thief”). Twitter user @leank-a pleads: “…there are other solutions that won’t affect the poor”, and user @Srita.Kun says it like it is: “hey dude, I voted for you, and now I’m going to be one of the millions to get you out of office.” Needless to say, Jimmy may be slowly, and more permanently, losing his image of having been the lesser of two evils.
In conclusion, it’s only right to honor the #TusPromesasSonComo LasDeJimmy trend that has taken over Twitter recently, with @JoseSibrian tweeting: “I’ll be ready in five minutes. She told me a month ago.” @MaxdeGuate tweeted “I’m never going to drink again”… ah yes, the broken promise crowd favorite. We’ll see you at the next Pub Crawl, Matty, to drink those Jimmy sorrows away!