‘Twitter Terrorists’ Could Face 30 Years In Prison
Two individuals are under arrest and face up to 30 years in prison for spreading rumors of an attack on a school near Veracruz, Mexico.
Gilberto Martinez Vera and Maria de Jesus Bravo Pagola took to twitter on August 25th and told followers that a group of children were under attack by a drug gang.
Martinez (@gilius_22), who’s a school-teacher, tweeted to his 352 followers:
“They took 5 kids, armed a group, total psychosis in the zone.”
Bravo (@maruchibravo) who has well over 1,000 followers, retweeted Martinez’s original post. She later deleted her retweet.
According to the Guardian, the tweets caused a frenzy. Over two dozen car accidents were reported as parents rushed to pick up their children from area schools-in addition emergency phone numbers were jammed for hours. With such a high rate of drug-related violence in Mexico over the past five years, people take threats concerning drug lords extremely serious. 35,000 people have lost their lives in the country due to the violence.
The duo claim they had no idea the information was false and were simply repeating what they heard.
The city of Veracruz refuses to drop the terrorism charges.