(23.10.2019), © 2020 Deutsche Welle | Hesse said such extreme inequality between rich and poor can be seen in many countries across the continent. Yet many Chileans have trouble making ends meet, and that has been an important factor in protests there. Only a week after protests erupted in Ecuador, another Latin American country rose up against the economic policies of its government: Chile. During his presidency, Evo successfully integrated indigenous and rural groups into Bolivian political life, and he also took a stand against the US and DEA policy of eradication of coca crops, defending its medicinal use by indigenous communities in the country. Even so, year 2019 ended with 230 social and human rights leaders assasinated while general violence killed more than 10,000 people. Similar protests occurred last month over issues including the government’s draconian lockdown measures imposed in response to the Chinese coronavirus. In reality, it was a protest against low pensions, high gas and electricity bills, and unaffordable social services such as health and education that were inherited from an ultra neoliberal dictatorship lead by general Pinochet in the 1980s. Over the past two weeks, Ecuador and Chile — two Latin American countries separated by more than 2,500 kilometers (1,500 miles) — have seen intense anti-government protests. Numerous indigenous communities and other social sectors infuriated by the measures decided to mobilise and travelled to the capital where a violent battle between riot police and protesters began. Comparing cases across the region, she notes that the pandemic has weakened two crucial mechanisms for democratic accountability—elections and protests… Contact Disruptive mobilizations in Haiti, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile and Ecuador are only the tip of the iceberg, and protesters around the world are fighting to force governments to rethink development baased on extractivism and economic paradigms that have shaped the way our world works today. In Ecuador, a government besieged by protesters forced to flee the capital. Privacy Policy | Over the past two weeks, Ecuador and Chile — two Latin American countries separated by more than 2,500 kilometers (1,500 miles) — have seen intense anti-government protests. But to others, the protests are a sign that the people of Latin America are willing to push back against attempts to shift the fiscal burden on poor and working class people. Every aspect of public life there has been privatized: pensions, health care, education," said Hesse. He condemned the violence seen in Chile, but pointed out that many peaceful protests are being staged by citizens demanding their rights. What's behind wealthy Chile's deadly protests. During the first two weeks of October, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Quito to express their collective frustration about the aggressive economic measures of Lenin Moreno’s government, who had previously negotiated a set of austerity measures with the IMF that would have negatively affected the most vulnerable of Ecuadorian society. Andres Bernal. Despite the strict measures, the country has recorded over 1.2 million coronavirus cases, the second-highest figure in Latin America and the seventh … They have also made it clear that they demand a more effective response to the climate crisis, and to growing inequalities, that are negatively affecting millions of young people in Latin America and beyond. Duque began to create discontent among many social sectors and organisations that promote peace in Colombia last year, when he tried to dismantle the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, a transitional justice system designed to investigate war crimes and to uncover truths for victims of the conflict, that was also a fundamental part of the 2016 peace accords to end a 50 year long war against the guerrilla. Tear gas has been used against the protesters, and the army confirmed it had shot people dead while chasing looters. 277 shares. Indignation caused by the violent death of 18 year old Dilan Cruz during the National Strike, fatally injured in the head by riot police whilst peacefully protesting in November, confirms that many Colombians have had enough and demand a change from the days when institutional violence was the norm. 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