The word funar means making a public complaint about a crime apparently committed by a person or entity. These reports are generally made at the location where the crime occurred.
The Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) defines this term as: “discrediting someone, in word or in writing, publishing something against their good opinion and fame.”
Origin of Funar
It is a word of Chilean origin , which began to be used at the end of the 20th century (after the arrest of Augusto Pinochet in 1998).
Demonstrators in favor of human rights began to meet and, motivated by the Argentine group HIJOS (Children for Identity, Justice and Against Forgetfulness and Silence); The organization “Action, Truth and Justice (HIJOS Chile)” was created in Chile.
His first actions were to share stories of the violence exerted during Pinochet’s mandate , extending the invitation to other people to tell their testimonies.
In this way, they received anonymous information, with data on some participants, of violent acts during this government.
This gave way to funerals , where protesters held public protests announcing the name of the alleged offender and the crimes committed.
The former agent of the National Information Center (CNI), Alejandro Forero Álvarez, was the first person to whom a funeral was performed. Accused of providing political prisoners with chemical tools to be administered and later tortured and disappeared.
The funas in social networks
These actions have become the new way of making public a specific fact that does not always turn out to be true. The reasons for these complaints are mainly due to theft, sexual abuse, among others.
The “funa” in social networks is interpreted as a form of defamation to expose someone to public derision ; being the object of insults and threats by users.
This type of action has been widely criticized for being considered a way of doing justice with one’s own hands , in fact, the motto of the movement is: “if there is no justice, there is funa” . Therefore, when someone is exposed in this way, they must have strong evidence and evidence.
By doing a funa, the person (s) involved are fully exposed, so the public can interpret, believe and act in the way they believe is correct.