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Splendidly Chilean video from #ganadecambiarestepaisculiao and EstoNoParaNo, urging young people to vote in the 25 October plebiscite to determine whether a new constitution will be drawn up and, if so, by what method.
© Luis Bustamente
Luis Bustamante's images of Chile's estallido social - which began on October 18, 2019, now a whole year ago - speak for themselves. Most were taken of protesters in Santiago around Plaza Baquedano, renamed by protestors as Plaza de la Diginidad. Others cover graffiti and stencil work that popped up during this period, taken in a range of Chilean cities.
Chile's constitution is a legacy of the Pinochet dictatorship and has come to symbolise the embedded inequalities that sparked a year of mounting popular protestsThe plebiscite on 25 October must determine whether to start the process of drawing up a new constitution and how the process will be conductedEven if the plebiscite endorses both the change and the establishment...
This important article was originally published in Spanish in August 2019 (read the original here). Cristina Flores has translated it for LAB as a contribution to our ongoing project Voices of Latin America, represented by our book of that name, and the ongoing website which continues the work of the book. There is life and struggle beyond elections. In...
Main video: President Desi Bouterse casting his vote on Monday 25 May at a polling station in Paramaribo, 'President Bouterse has fulfilled his civic duty'. Nationaal Informatie Instituut. YouTube. 25 May 2020. Suriname, the smallest country in South America and with a population of 550,000, does not usually make international news headlines. However, the recent parliamentary election was the first...
Main image: La Paz, with the Illimani mountain in the background. Source: EEJCC / CC 4.0, Wikimedia. N.B. Statistics for infection and death-rates shown in images may differ from those in the text of this article Until now, Bolivia has faced the global pandemic of Covid-19 with fewer deaths and infections than some other countries in the region. Up to 5...
This article was written in early March, before the effects of Covid-19 virus became clear. Since then the national elections scheduled for 3 May have been postponed, at least until June, but almost certainly until October or later. The postponement was announced by the Supreme Electoral Court on 21 March, although no new date was fixed. The interim president is a woman Jeanine Añez. Photo: wikimedia After the...
This article was published by Bolivia Information Forum as BIF Bulletin No.48, 7 March 2020 Weblinks to BIF Bulletins are also available through the BIF Twitter account here: https://twitter.com/Boliviainfo Main image: The Salar de Ayuni. Image: Pixgood.com As time moves on, some of the more obscure moments of recent months are beginning to become a little clearer: why Evo Morales resigned, how the decision...
Social media outlets, such as Twitter and WhatsApp, played a major role in the protests that spread across the Americas in 2019. In Chile, hashtags raised awareness of the protests online and explained the reasons why Chileans were taking to the streets. #Chiledespertó (#Chilewokeup) and #ChileQuiereCambios (#ChileWantsChanges) were two commonly used examples. This also meant that users across Chile...
This article was published by Bolivia Information Forum as BIF Bulletin No.47, 20 January 2020. Weblinks to BIF Bulletins are also available through the BIF Twitter account here: https://twitter.com/Boliviainfo Banner image: Cartoon by Al Azar (Alejandro Salazar) In spite of its interim status, the government of self-proclaimed president Jeanine Añez gives the impression that it intends to be here to stay, seeking to...

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