ALISON BODINE—In Vancouver, the Chilean diaspora has come together with others living in Canada in a new group named Van4Chile. Van4Chile has organized protests and public demonstrations in solidarity with the people of Chile, including an energetic protest in front of the CBC in downtown Vancouver on November 2, 2019. At this action, more than 200 people, from all walks of life, came together to demand that the CBC cover the protests in Chile. They also called out the government of Canada’s complicity in the repression of people’s human and democratic rights in Chile.
CHILECLASS ANALYSISUS GOVERNMENT CRIMESWITNESSES TO HISTORYZIONCONS
RALPH MILLIBAND—Perhaps the most important such message or warning or “lesson” is also the most obvious, and therefore the most easily overlooked. It concerns the notion of class struggle. Assuming one may ignore the view that class struggle is the result of “extremist” propaganda and agitation, there remains the fact that the Left is rather prone to a perspective according to which the class struggle is something waged by the workers and the subordinate classes against the dominant ones.
ABOMINATIONSAMERICAN WAY OF LIFECAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST SYSTEMIC POVERTYCHILE
ARTURO ALEJANDRO MUNOZ—The neoliberal system achieved a resounding success by leaving Chileans in the most absolute defenselessness. In our country you have to scratch with your weak nails. No one is going to help you if you have health, education, pension or retirement problems. Do you have heart, liver or gastric problems? Pay! Do you want your children to be well educated? Pay! Don’t have enough money for that? Go into debt and get your people into debt until the third generation, even if that reduces your income by 60% and makes you poorer and more defenseless than you were before you applied for bank help!
JUAN MANUEL BOCCACCI—A deep criticism of the neoliberal system is the common denominator in the assemblies. People are talking from their exhaustion of a system that wore them down. They don’t want to continue living in debt; they don’t understand why they have to pay expensive basic services while the elite fills their own pockets. It is their dignity that the Chilean people are demanding in the streets. And the assemblies are the space to express their exhaustion from party politics.
ANIMAL DEFENDERSANIMAL LIVESANIMAL MARTYRDOMCAPITALIST SICKNESSCHILE
Solidarity among protesters and stray dogs has a long tradition in Chile. In 2011, Chile experienced a wave of student protests. One day, a stray dog joined the young protesters in a demonstration. He was friendly with the students and aggressive towards the Chilean police officers. He soon became known as “Negro Matapacos,” slang for black cop-killer.