translated from Spanish: Progressives denounce intense attack by trolls and bots on Marco Enríquez-Ominami on social media

The Progressive Party of Chile, through its president Camilo Lagos, denounced this Saturday that former presidential candidate Marco Enríquez-Ominami was the victim of a suspicious maneuver on social media, after during the 17th and 18th of September, a wave of strong offensives was observed against him from profiles «of dubious identity». As Lagos explained, «attacks come from accounts with fancy names, no profile pictures identifying them, some with few followers and in a row, and write seconds apart.» According to the analysis we have made through specialized tools for this, these are accounts with express opinions of outrage and seeking Rejection,» the economist said, stressing that «one of the forms of expression that this group has, is the level of aggression and violence in its language based on null and void arguments.» We call for a coordinated digital harassment structure to harm Marco Enríquez-Ominami, as we denounced in 2017 when far-right accounts had the same behavior,» Lagos added, reiterating that «this is part of an orchestrated lawfare campaign.» Bots are part of a communication strategy that aims to put pressure on a politicized legal war and we will collect the record in the knowledge of justice to unmask those behind this social media persecution,» the party president said. For his part, Enríquez-Ominami responded this Saturday through his official account that «it seems that the far right activated his troll center two days ago. It’s a sign that we’re moving forward.» The former presidential candidate has had a significant participation in television programs since the public debate of the withdrawal of 10% from Pension Funds, and currently leads the social and communications campaign of the command Apruebo Chile Digno, led by the PRO.

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