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Lateral violence breaks out on Indigenous social media, UN observers say

Fierce fighting has broken out among Indigenous factions on Twitter and Facebook, UN observers report.

The assault began early on Thursday evening with truth bombs and flame attacks, after an Anishinaabe man asked on his Facebook wall whether Indigenous Peoples should be involved in the oil and gas industry.

Secretary-General António Guterres and the United Nations Security Council have condemned the lateral violence and called on all sides to end the fighting.

Hospitals were overrun with the wounded within hours of the first Facebook posting, while aid agencies say thousands have fled to refugee camps on Instagram.

This is the worst lateral violence to strike Indigenous social media since a Dene woman offered her take on the controversy around Joseph Boyden’s heritage.