Twitter responds to Colombian president winning Nobel Peace Prize over Syria's White Helmets

Published October 7th, 2016 - 11:42 GMT
The president of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos (AFP/File)
The president of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos (AFP/File)

The president of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel peace prize today for his efforts to make peace with FARC rebels in the country. The news comes a few days after Colombians narrowly voted to reject a peace agreement with the group.

In the weeks leading up to the announcement, there was much speculation that the White Helmets – also known as the Syrian civil defense – would be award the prize. They were nominated for their search and rescue operations in rebel-held territory in Syria. Naturally, many Syria-focused tweeters had things to say after learning the White Helmets were passed over.

Many tweeters felt the White Helmets should’ve won the prize over Santos, or at least continued to heap praise on the group despite them not winning.

Others who thought the White Helmets should’ve won said the prize is irrelevant, a criticism that has been made frequently in recent years, such as when US president Barack Obama won in 2009 just a few months into his first term.

Pro-regime accounts, for their part, continued to attack the White Helmets over alleged ties to jihadist groups.

And many Syria-focused tweeters made jokes about the announcement.

The White Helmets themselves congratulated Santos and Colombia for the prize.

Meanwhile, the White Helmets’ headquarters in Hama were reportedly bombed as the prize was announced this morning.


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