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The case of the destroyed plaque

Tamayo-Duque, A. and Miller, T. (2018) The case of the destroyed plaque. In: Graham, M., (ed.) The Routledge Companion To Media And Activism. Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group, pp. 298-306.

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Cartagena de Indias in Colombia is a World Heritage City, well known for its beautiful colonial architecture, imposing international colloquia, racialized social inequality and child-sex tourism; not so much for online activism. A remarkable mobilization of Twitter and bourgeois-press activism was triggered by the unveiling of what turned out to be a very controversial plaque. Cartagena de Indias was a key site in the struggle between Spain and Britain for economic control of the Caribbean during the eighteenth century, because it was a slave port and outpost of Spain's naval power and trade. The city's monuments represent remarkable testimony to faith and craft alike, and zones within the Old Town correspond to areas once occupied by slaves, merchants, artisans and the colonial elite. The voices of protest began with the upper-middle class on social media and editorials and op-eds by well-known journalists, politicians and even the capital Bogota's mayor.

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