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In Chile’s streets, protesters chant a message now heard by the rest of the world. “Chile is waking up,” they say. But the center-right government of the country’s president, Sebastián Piñera, would prefer they stayed asleep. Chile is rich, but on Piñera’s watch, it’s also the most unequal country in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Reuters reported that it has “an income gap 65% wider than the OECD average.” A new subway fare hike, then, represented something more than an inconvenience to the people of Chile — it became a symbol of that stark wealth gap, and subsequently, a rallying point for protesters. Since early October, people have protested daily in the country’s capital, Santiago, and elsewhere, demanding not just the reversal of a fare hike, but fundamental political reform. They want Piñera gone.

 

In response, Piñera declared a state of emergency, and sent the military into the streets. For many Chileans, the move was troublingly evocative of the kind of government tactics that were commonplace under the bloody rule of Augusto Pinochet, a far-right dictator who ousted the country’s democratically elected socialist president, Salvador Allende, with help from the U.S. government in 1973. Pinochet’s government murdered thousands, and tortured and raped thousands more. Piñera is certainly no Pinochet, but protesters are reporting serious injury at the hands of riot police and the military. At least 20 have died, though it’s not yet clear how many were killed by police, and how many died in protest-related violence. Though Piñera has made some concessions — freezing the rate hike, appointing more centrist ministers to his Cabinet — protests continue.

 

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/11/what-the-hell-is-going-on-in-chile-a-protester-explains.html

 

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8 minutes ago, Incredulity said:

That festival looks lit!!

Fire Festival? 

Laserpalooza?

Coachile?

South by South America?

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We have an office (evil Big Tech company) in Chile and if shit continues to hit the fan we will likely pull out of the country. Sucks for those people that may end up unemployed because a lot of the other tech companies will likely leave too.

I spoke to one guy who is really valuable and I have been trying to transfer him into the U.S. via an L1 but it is taking forever. He is in Santiago and has been working from home for several weeks because of the shit storm over there. He mentioned that his family is center-right and that he is worried about reprisals happening to his family. He said that their grocery store being burned down along with a bunch of other shit. Situation sounds really bad over there.

 

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Most of South America is in deep shit currently.

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Was there on days 1-2 of the unrest a few weeks ago now.  Pretty surreal situation.   On one block, there were restaurants trying to draw you in like normal touristy shit; and another block over, fires, debris, and riots.

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Not surprised at all that the post count of this thread compared to Bolivia and Venezuela.

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12 minutes ago, hpslugga said:

Not surprised at all that the post count of this thread compared to Bolivia and Venezuela.

Cause no one has a problem?

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With so much history and precedent, it's hard to understand how and why politicians keep making the same mistakes.  Most of the Chilean population has memories of life under Pinochet, and those who don't have parents who carry scars.

Piñera is acting completely tone-deaf to his own country's history and culture.  That's inexcusable.  

South American Executive Logic:

1. Should I do this thing?

2. Depends, has it been done before?

3. Yes?  Ok, how did it end?  

4. Voted out of office / sanctions / civil unrest / coup / arrested on human rights violations

5. Ok let's do it.

 

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5 hours ago, ryskey said:

With so much history and precedent, it's hard to understand how and why politicians keep making the same mistakes.  Most of the Chilean population has memories of life under Pinochet, and those who don't have parents who carry scars.

Piñera is acting completely tone-deaf to his own country's history and culture.  That's inexcusable.  

South American Executive Logic:

1. Should I do this thing?

2. Depends, has it been done before?

3. Yes?  Ok, how did it end?  

4. Voted out of office / sanctions / civil unrest / coup / arrested on human rights violations

5. Ok let's do it.

 

Seriously, Pinochet is a poster child for exactly what not to do as a so-called “leader,” so I haven’t the foggiest clue why even a double digit IQ moron like Piñera would want to get into that.

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15 hours ago, bad_teammate said:

Because there are people who admire Pinochet. Fascists are everywhere.

Can’t help but suspect that it’s those observing the Bolivia thread with such excitement. Disturbing.

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https://www.democracynow.org/2019/11/25/headlines/chilean_photojournalist_albertina_martinez_burgos_killed_in_santiago

"In Chile, photojournalist Albertina Martínez Burgos was found stabbed and beaten to death Thursday at her home in the capital Santiago. The 38-year-old journalist was documenting repression against anti-government protesters at the time of her death, particularly violence against women. It’s reported that her recent photographs of the ongoing massive demonstrations against Chilean President Sebastián Piñera have also been stolen."

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