12. Coronavirus (virtual chapter)

Yanomami express their determination to vanquish COVID-19. Image courtesy of Amazônia Real.

Abstract

This is a virtual chapter that will be built up in this web-page and included in the next edition of the Voices of Latin America book.

The spread of Covid-19 across the region; the very different approaches taken by the various governments –from full-on denial such as that of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, to the pro-active caution of governments in Argentina, Costa Rica and others; the effects in terms of numbers of infections and deaths; the experience of particular populations, especially indigenous and rural communities; and the effects upon the economy, employment, the self-employed and the poor

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Index

News about this chapter

Brazil’s delinquent president

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Bolsonaro has sole responsbility for Brazil's soaring Covid death-toll. Utterly indifferent he stages Mussolini-style rallies, unmasked and riding a motorbike, and plans for next year's presidential elections, or a coup.

Peru: why #cosechadeagua is a trending topic

On Sunday, thousands of Peruvians flocked to social media to debate the validity of the Spanish language term 'cosecha de agua' (water harvesting). This virtual war of words followed political sparring earlier that day when Peru’s presidential candidates took to the podium in the southern city of Arequipa for their second and final televised debate prior to the runoff election this Sunday 6 June. The two candidates in Peru’s polarised elections are right-wing Keiko Fujimori of the Fuerza Popular party and leftist Pedro Castillo of Perú Libre. In April’s first round of elections, none of the presidential candidates won a...

Mining protest criminalised

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Local communities in Andalgala, Argentina have been fighting mining companies for 11 years. Now they are being criminalised. US investment giant Blackrock is continuing to finance Anglo American and other miners laying waste the Amazon territories of the Munduruku and others

The assassination of Brazil

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So illogical are his actions that people are starting to question Jair Bolsonaro's sanity: as he persists in denials about coronavirus, antagonises China which supplies Brazil's vaccines and foments murderous violence by the police

Venezuela: Covid and free speech

A massive fine levied on independent news outlet El Nacional threatens to further curtail press freedoms, while the government seems intent on preventing independent reporting of Covid infections and deaths

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About the Author

Emily Gregg is a LAB correspondent and author. She lived in Arica, Chile, until returning to the UK because of the pandemic. She also wrote The Student Revolution chapter in LAB’s book Voices of Latin America (2019).

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