Group launches crusade to combat smear campaign

A group of citizens has launched its own online promotion on Facebook to counter the smear campaign initiated by the Stanford Victims Coalition against Antigua & Barbuda.

The Antigua Liberal Democratic Union was formed after a group of “like-minded people” decided to do something positive to uplift Antigua.

“It’s a place where you can go and have intelligent conversations about topics that affect Antigua & Barbuda, so we thought that it was good to tackle this particular issue. It’s something that everybody should be up in arms about,” spokesperson Faun Thompson said yesterday.

In recent times, a growing number of residents have expressed concern about government’s inaction to counteract the “Anti-Crime, Anti-Antigua” boycott mission of the Stanford Victims Coalition. That group of former Stanford investors has since gained support from another entity dubbed the Stanford Victims Coalition of Latin America, which has labelled the twin-island nation “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

Thompson said reaction to the site has been pretty good, as most people seem to think that the country is being victimised by the so-called victims.

“What we’d like to do is put together some sort of campaign to counteract these venomous attacks because (they) are unwarranted,” he said.

Thompson said the aim of the Facebook page is to mount a counter-campaign to defend the country against what the Stanford Victims Coalition is putting out. This method, he said, could be very effective in countering the negative information they are putting on the Internet.

Petra Williams, another member of Antigua Liberal Democratic Union, said since the coalition has been using every possible medium to project the country in a negative light, citizens should be moved to respond in defence of Antigua & Barbuda.

“Yes, we have the government, but if the government is not being as effective as it should, we need to step up to the plate, because we’re the ones who will be affected,” Williams said yesterday on OBSERVER AM. “When people don’t come to Antigua, it’s our jobs … our livelihoods that are at stake.

“We’re going to use Facebook as the first step, but eventually, we could gather resources and do a website, just like the anti-Stanford coalition,” the group member said. “The intent is, everywhere they put something online, once we find it, we’re going to be positive.

“We’re not going to be bashing them, but if they put up something about Antigua that is negative, we will get the facts, put the facts up, and put something up that’s positive. If we don’t defend, people will just take what they’re seeing, so we want to give persons the other side of the story so that they can begin to have another perspective,” Williams said.

However, Thompson is of the opinion that government should not be pressured to issue a response, but that citizens need to come together to devise ways to tackle the problem.

Williams, on the other hand, was of the view that the counter-campaign should be approached from several fronts. The government, specifically the Ministry of Tourism through its own Facebook page, and Antiguans living abroad who can exert influence from where they are, are two groupings that should be playing a major role in counteracting the negativity, she said.

The Antigua Liberal Democratic Union’s Facebook group currently has 63 members.


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11 thoughts on “Group launches crusade to combat smear campaign

  1. Big Joe? see if you can see this. they trusted their money to a bank in a country that is supposed to regulate that bank and their money was stolen. They are not a bunch of soar losers. they are pissed. how would you feel they are showing guts. We don’t need to fight we need to find common ground and turn those investments into jobs

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  2. That SVC or whatever they are is not a government entity, they’re a bunch of sour losers who betted and lost hence we the citizens for a change can do something for Antigua. Thank you to the members of the democratic liberal union, let’s try and increase this number to ten times sixty three and show we can stand up for Antigua. Ask not what your country can do for but what you can do for your country!

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  3. Lorriane what you are missing is that the antigua government not doing anything, nada, zip, nothing….. We the citizens must act by bringing our little resources together to beat this. Facebook is a start…….

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  4. Lorraine Jacobs March 10, 2010 at 14:16 - Reply

    This is a good start but the Stanform Victims Coalition has hired a NY PR firm to help them with their onsalught. I think the Antigua government needs professional PR help to deal with this. Facebook is like a little plaster on what is a body sized sore.

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  5. Face book is good, but how about if ALL the government employees STOP the needless incessant expensive travelling and pool the resources to do an advertisement for Antigua on television which will reach millions of people. Just like Bahamas, Grenada, The Grenadines, St. Lucia, Dominica, Barbados, Jamaica etc. are doing. It is embarrassing to continuously see the other islands making very appealing efforts at marketing internationally and beyond maybe the weather, not a mention of Antigua! Forget the Stanford investors and go for big media exposure of what we have to offer.

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  6. Outside of the Box March 10, 2010 at 09:57 - Reply

    This is a good strategy by Antigua Liberal Democratic Union on Facebook! I’ll surely sign up! To all the SVC: Wadadli Rocks!

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  7. Yes invite them to Antigua and treat them nice and find out what they are talking about. Let they see that their problem is not with the island but with individuals and system. The question is do they have any rights? Stanford have not been convicted. He is also a citizen of Antigua and may have rights here. I believe the government was right in order to protect the properties under our laws. However these people have a claim and they should be listened to. Those lands and properties are fixtures and can not be taken anywhere. Lets form a partnership with them and do something different, lets have a win win situation.

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  8. Dimples, this is one of the many reasons why FAM. And to often like minded Antiguans like you find comfort in standing on the sideline waiting for a change to happen by someone other than you. When it comes to being negative and back-biting each other, Antiguans doesn’t deed any help. I ask you to stand with the movement and make your contribution felt, be apart of the change we seek. We have to many of you on the sideline hence the reason for our lack of progress as Antiguan. Who is incharge of our economy? look carefully and tell.

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