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Chapter 9 - Spaces of everyday resistance: the right to the city

Over the years, homes and whole neighbourhoods have been built close to or on the tracks of a disused railway. Now the Tren Maya project threatens to evict them, while offering compensation and relocation in which they have little faith
Architect, urbanist and previous executive Director of Fundación Crecer in Guatemala City, Ninotchka Matute stresses the need to shift the urban imaginary in her native Guatemala City, by reframing derelict spaces as those of potential
Carole Concha Bell interviews Nick MacWilliam about his new Alborada Films documentary 'Santiago Rising', digging deeper into the estallido social in Chile and how to effectively capture the sentiments and events of this social movement.

‘Santiago Rising’

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“I wanted to capture what was happening in Chile and to pay homage to the strength and commitment of the Chilean people. They are taking on neo-liberalism and a militarised state with stones and trumpets. This is a lesson for the rest of the world, we can learn so much from them."
Cajamarca on fire: People in Cajamarca burned a puppet with interim president Merino’s head on it, representing the corrupted political landscape in Peru. Photo: Irma Cabrera Abanto / @irma.cabrera.abanto
On Monday 9 November, Peru tumbled into political turmoil when the congress voted for the impeachment of President Martín Vizcarra, accusing him of corruption. Since then, Peruvians across the country have been protesting to voice their anger. Images from Peruvian photographers narrate the current political turmoil
© 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.
Queer Tango teacher and LGBTQ+ activist Edgardo Fernández Sesma tells LAB’s Nina Meghji about navigating the digital space, the impact of lockdown on Buenos Aires’ elder residents, and the economic implications for Buenos Aires’ tango community post Covid-19.
Main image: Without water, the virus spreads. Image: Facebook profile of Barrios de Pie Ramona Medina, one of the community leaders of Villa 31, a Buenos Aires villa miseria, has died from coronavirus after constantly denouncing the lack of water and the conditions for maintaining social distancing measures in her neighborhood. Ramona appeared on various media to raise awareness...
Excellent video from The Guardian showing Brazil's favela-dwellers working hard to implement lock-downs and to supply food and essentials to their communities, while President Bolsonaro openly belittles such measures, whether by communities, state governors or his own (now-ex) health minister. Video published 21 April 2020
(main image, above) Thursday 26 March, 1:54 pm. A homeless person lies in the entrance to one of the many banks on Rua Boa Vista, famous for the financial institutions which congregated there at the highpoint of São Paulo’s historic centre, in the early 20th century. This essay was written by Fraya Frehse. The photographs are by Tiago Queiroz....

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