Sunday, August 1, 2021
'No son $30' On Friday 18 October, Chilean president Sebastian Piñera announced a state of emergency in the country’s capital Santiago. As protests spread throughout the country over the following days, the state of emergency and its accompanying curfews were also extended. Chile has not experienced a state of emergency since the one declared in the wake of 2011’s devastating earthquake, and has not endured...
The Munduruku Indians living along the Tapajos river in the Brazilian Amazon demand the right to be before fully consulted before an academic study is carried out in their villages.

The Chilean Spring

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It is spring in the Southern hemisphere. But in Chile, this spring is different - Santiago, 29 October ‘Chile has woken up’  is one of the most popular slogans in the recent eruption of social unrest in the country. It has been fêted as the most prosperous country of Latin America, a model, and most recently, by its president as ‘an oasis’ ....
Shows footage of the infamous massacre of scores, probably hundreds of students in Mexico City, who were protesting at extravagant government spending on the Olympics and other matters. The events have never been fully investigated and genocide charges against the PRI president of the time, Luis Echeverría, were eventually dismissed. Video: directed by Alan Tomlinson. Published on YouTube May 2012.

Belize: Teechaz gat yuh bak

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From Punta Gorda: In the second of three blog posts, Rachel Simon explores indigenous land rights and social issues in southern Belize. Rachel spent time in Belize recording voices of indigenous community land rights activists for LAB’s forthcoming book, Voices of Latin America. ‘"Teechaz gat yuh bak" means we will stand up for what is right. We will fight for...
This article relies on detailed research by Cathy McIlwaine and Diego Bunge at Queen Mary, University of London. It was carried out in partnership with LAWRs and funded by the Trust for London. The videos used were made for the project by the researchers. ‘This is an issue that is always there in your life. This problem puts you aside...
Sunset over Guatemala City marks another day of widening inequality and increasing despair as Covid-19 cases continue to rise. With the country’s informal economy taking a huge hit in an already inequitable society, citizens have been taking to the streets waving white flags in a show of desperation and hunger. As The Guardian has reported, nearly 70 per cent...
Ahead of the presidential primary elections, school students occupied school premises due to be used as polling stations.
It’s 11 January 2020, and I am sitting on a hot and unforgiving cement esplanade, at the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Chile’s national Memory and Human Rights Museum. The mood is generally good natured, but somewhat restive: in between the official acts and speeches, the crowd spontaneously breaks into chants. These compare right-wing president Sebastián Piñera –...
A British documentary film about the student demonstrations in Chile in 2011.

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