Tag Archives: Protest

Santiago Marches for Sexual Diversity

2 Oct

While the Chilean education movement continues to take names, thousands participated yesterday in a March for Sexual Diversity.

For a country that is in theory still shaking off its conservative politics, ties to the church and the legacy of a ruthless dictatorship, they sure know how to lure people into the streets:


“I Study to Learn and to Change My Country… But Not Like This, Not With a Covered Face…”

14 Aug

As students in Chile continue to protest and demand quality and free public education, of course (as there always has been in Chile) there is a conflict over tactics. In this video – via Silvia Viñas – students prevent a group of hooded protestors from setting up a barricade and setting it aflame.  One student debates, “I study to learn and to change my country… but not like this, not with a covered face…”


Not that there hasn’t been a fair share of burning and looting. Still, given the recent street fights in England it is fascinating we can watch this debate from afar. This student movement has shown some serious responsibility – even using Facebook to raise funds to replace a bystander’s burned up car and showing up the day after protests to clean up the streets.

Meanwhile President Piñera, the businessman CEO who is the first right-winger to take the presidential reigns since Pinochet,  is fed up with the protests and his abysmal 26% approval rating. Speaking at a signing-ceremony for a law intended to appease the protestors he remarked, “We all want education, healthcare, and many more things for free, but I want to remind them that nothing is free in this life. Someone has to pay.”  

You elect a businessman. You get business.

And in addition to the police repression, the right has employed some meaningless and frivolous tactics against the movement – like releasing the personal information of student leader Camila Vallejo. 

The students are not having any of it. This weekend the movement  rejected dialogue with the Chilean congress and announced a new round of protests.

Meanwhile the quotable monster of Latin American journalism, Eduardo Galeano, recently chimed in  with his support for the student movement, sending his support to the “brave young people that are giving us all a lesson in dignified democracy from the streets of Chile.”

More on the Student Protests in Chile…

10 Aug

The student protests and violent reaction by the Carabineros continued in Chile yesterday –  according to La Tercera between 70 and 80 thousand people participated with 273 people arrested. They have some great images. 

As does satirical Chilean newspaper The Clinic – you can see their images here.

Finally for this morning -and  for (Chilean) spanish speakers, the students are promoting a documentary produced by TeleSur (Hugo Chavez’s Latin American version of Al Jazeera) – Mal Educados!  – El Problema de la Educación en Chile (Poorly educated! The Problem of Education in Chile), which shows “the root of the problem like no Chilean channel would, or ever will in the future.”

Make sure to check out the Michael Jackson thriller dance protest at the start. Even for non-Spanish speakers, the tone, music and images are worth your time.