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Chapter 8 - State violence, policing and paramilitaries

Chile: Victims of eye trauma tell their stories

Ojos: Memoria de un estallido is a book put together as a memorial for victims of eye trauma suffered as a result of the...

Most dangerous for environmental defenders

At least 177 environmental defenders were killed last year globally, according to a new report from Global Witness. At least 155 of them were in Latin America. Colombia topped the list with 60 murders, Brazil had 34, Honduras 14.

Ecuador: killing leaves deep uncertainty

The assassination of Fernando Villavicencio, one of the leading candidates in the 20 August presidential elections, has plunged Ecuador into deep uncertainty. The Correístas might benefit were some of them not suspected of complicity in the crime.

Second launch event for: CLAMOR by Jan Rocha

A second launch event in London for Jan Rocha's book 'CLAMOR: The search for the disappeared of the South American dictatorships' on 14 June

El Salvador: a cure more harmful than the disease?

A state of emergency and ruthless action by the authorities has dramatically curtailed the activity of gangs which previously ruled vast swathes of El Salvador. But there are many innocent victims and the underlying poverty, inequality and injustice remain untouched.

Brazil’s democracy is far from safe

Lula acted decisively to halt the Bolsonarist insurgents who invaded the centre of government in Brasilia on 8 January. But coup-mongers are numerous and active, not least within the armed forces, while the right retains control of Congress.

Accusations of human rights violations ripple through Peru 

Red Muqui shine a light on police repression and the violation of human rights in the context of recent social unrest in Peru, and dig deeper into the tensions underpinning the protests and the violent state response.

Brazil: coup attempt provokes backlash

The Bolsonarist insurrection which invaded the Congress, Supreme Court and Presidential palace in Brazilia, has provoked outrage in Brazil and internationally. While it poses extremely serious problems for President Lula and the new government, the rebels succeeded in presenting themselves as vandals and terrorists.

‘Argentina, 1985’

Argentina, 1985 (dir. Santiago Mitre, 2022) recreates the most significant court case in Argentine history – the Trial of the Juntas – which aimed to bring Argentina’s military dictatorship to justice following the country’s return to democracy in 1983.

Brazil: Lula elected, no coup, Bolsonaro isolated

Lula's narrow victory in Brazil's second-round presidential election on November 30 raised fears of a coup. Jair Bolsonaro initially declined to recognize the result and waited to see if his supporters would stage an insurrection. Lorry blockades gradually dispersed, however, and the army remained passive. Brazilian democracy looks safe at least for the present.

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