Latin America’s Wave of Protests Was Historic—Then the Pandemic Arrived The coronavirus and lockdowns have worsened the region’s economic divides—and set the stage for more political upheaval. October 16, 2020. The leader of Ethiopia's rebellious Tigrayan forces said on Friday that protests were breaking out in the regional capital which fell to ... Latin America. The 2019–2020 Colombian protests are a collection of protests that began on 21 November 2019. An explosion of protest, a howl of rage – but not a Latin American spring People demonstrate in Santiago this week on the fifth straight day of street violence which erupted over a … Women across Latin America are organizing a wave of protests to force gender politics into the public arena amid staggering rates of femicide and highly restrictive abortion laws. They were met with force by the police, the resulting violence forcing the closure of at least 15 metro stations. While the region has suffered greatly thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, organized protest once again offers hope that a better world is possible. With attention fixed on this week’s events in Bolivia, you would be excused for not realizing that much of the rest of the region has for weeks also been ablaze in the flames of protest. Junno Arocho Esteves; Dec 9, 2020; As pandemic devastates Latin America, … Today in Latin America Yearlong Protests and Demonstrations Continue in Haiti October 21, 2020 By Staff TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA. Pandemic tensions revive protests in Latin America. HAITI: A decade after the cholera outbreak of 2010, family members and victims took to the streets to march along the Artibonite River. Anti-socialist demonstrations took place across Argentina this weekend against the administration of socialist President Alberto Fernández, whose management has led to a severe economic crisis. Esteban Felix | AP. Latin America in 2019: a territory in turmoil due to inequality Latin America was in turmoil in 2019. Meanwhile, a little south in Colombia, the country is today heading into the second day of a national strike, with the country’s highly organized teachers’ union FECODE announcing a 48-hour work stoppage in opposition to conservative president Ivan Duque’s plans to reopen schools and other educational institutions with few protective measures, despite a COVID-19 pandemic raging through the country, killing between 100 and 200 people daily. ... my forecast is that the number and intensity of protests will increase in 2020. With the collapsing economy and increasing social unrest, some commentators have speculated that the country may be going in the same direction as socialist Venezuela, currently experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in its history. One of the principal concerns of those in attendance is the state of the country’s struggling economy, currently in the midst of another hyperinflation crisis fueling soaring rates of unemployment. Dec 9, 2020; When in need, don't be ashamed to pray, pope says at audience. It uses a comparative approach to look at the MENA region and Latin America and how socioeconomic protests occur outside of the regular economy. Donations to "Popular Resistance" are tax deductible through our fiscal sponsor. Their murders are rumored to be a retaliation for the mobilizations in Bogota, as thousands have traveled to the nation’s capital to voice their displeasure. The 2019 protests in Hong Kong, for example, were given over 50 times the amount of coverage in The New York Times and CNN than the far deadlier and longer-lasting Haitian uprising. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd, injuring many. As governments self-report coronavirus cases, these rankings are skewed by rogue states such as China, Russia, Venezuela, and Iran posting numbers that experts — including experts in these countries — have questioned. Similar protests occurred last month over issues including the government’s draconian lockdown measures imposed in response to the Chinese coronavirus. In Costa Rica, the neoliberal coalition government of Carlos Alverado attempted to force through a $1.75 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the weekend tens of thousands of Chileans gathered in central Santiago to mark the one year anniversary of the protests that began the process of change, and to rally support for a “yes” vote this Sunday. In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, political protests took place in eight countries, with roughly 400 dead, 15,000 injured and incarcerated, and billions of dollars in losses. The rebellion has resulted in a victory for the protesters, as Alverado announced the cessation of IMF negotiations. March 2020 is shaping up to be a hot month for protests throughout Latin America. Indigenous protesters are out in great numbers, demonstrating against the Duque administration’s treatment of them. The initial spark for the nationwide action was a hike in Santiago’s subway fares in order to subsidize private transport companies, but soon snowballed into much more. Catalina Martinez, director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Center for Reproductive Rights, a legal advocacy organization, said Argentina’s example inspired protests across Latin America. And with the Bolivian example fresh in their minds, the … Others are protesting against the country’s appalling human rights record. Latin America in particular experienced greater social unrest than at any time in recent memory. Global Labour Journal, 2020, 11(1), Page 52 Global Issues Social Protests in Chile: Inequalities and Other Inconvenient Truths about Latin America’s Poster Child Similar protests occurred last month over issues including the government’s draconian lockdown measures imposed in ... the country has recorded over 1.2 million coronavirus cases, the second-highest figure in Latin America and the seventh-highest worldwide. Three presidents in one week: Peru's youth rise up in echoes of protest movements spreading across Latin America The controversial impeachment … News Americas, QUITO, Ecuador, Tues. May 26, 2020: From Ecuador’s smallest towns to the largest cities, from its Amazonian region passing the Andes to the Pacific coast, Ecuadorians went to the streets on Monday defying stay-at-home orders.This has been a series of protests happening over the month, beginning with students’ and growing to countless others. Please let us know if you're having issues with commenting. And with the Bolivian example fresh in their minds, the people might truly believe it is within their grasp. Latin AmericaNational SecurityPoliticsAlberto FernandezArgentinabuenos airescoronavirusCristina Fernandez de KirchnerLatin Americasocialism. However, none of these protests have been given much attention at all in the Western press, who prefer to concentrate on demonstrations happening in enemy nations against adversarial governments. However, a week-long general strike paralyzed the country in August, forcing Añez to concede to elections in October. The Speaker of Congress in Guatemala has said a controversial budget that triggered protests during which parts of the Congress building were set on fire on Saturday will be shelved. “It is an outrage that nearly 30 years since the end of the dictatorship, Chile should still have this Pinochet-era constitution in place,” founder and co-editor of Alborada Magazine Pablo Navarette told MintPress last year. October 13, 2020 By Staff TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA ARGENTINA: Massive anti-government protests took place across several cities in Argentina on Monday. The teachers join students, trade unions, and a host of other organizations in collective action against Duque’s government. “Anger at the political systems isn’t going away and, in many ways, governments are trapped … There will be more protests, and they’ll be more violent in 2020,” said the newsletter’s author James Bosworth. Follow Ben Kew on Parler, Facebook, or Twitter. Despite constant intimidation, the MAS won a resounding victory, setting the stage for the return of democracy to the Andean nation. The municipality of Lima for the the first time in 485 years took precautions to protect historical monuments and statues, while Peru was mired in a whirlwind of demonstrations and a political crisis that resulted with three presidents in nine days. This weekend saw new demonstrations in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, blocking roads and calling for Moise’s resignation. August 2020 1. Protestors rallied against government coronavirus measures, judicial reform and the removal of three judges that were investigating former President Cristina Kirchner. Taking to the streets, they shut down dozens of the country’s principal transport arteries, fighting with many of the nation’s 30,000 strong police force. Añez, who came to power in a coup in November, insisted she was merely an “interim president.” Despite this, she postponed elections three times, while brutally suppressing organized resistance to her rule. This is an edited extract from Canning House’s inaugural LatAm Outlook 2020, which examines how political, economic, social and security trends will shape Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Peru.. Over the last 12 months, Latin America has been characterised by new populist governments, strong social outbursts, a dissolved parliament and continued corruption scandals. These are the second nationwide demonstrations held within the space of a month. Protesters also opposed the government’s plans to introduce judicial reforms that will protect Fernández de Kirchner, herself a former president, from future prosecution in the yet-unresolved case of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, found dead of an alleged “suicide” in January 2015. Nisman was to testify before Congress the day after his death that he had evidence Fernández de Kirchner protected those responsible for the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, including both Iranian officials and ties to Hezbollah. No one has been arrested or prosecuted in relation to the Nisman case at press time. Police found a draft warrant for Fernández de Kirchner in Nisman’s trash following his death. Fire from a molotov cocktail explodes in front of police as a police vehicle shoots water at protesters who marched against the commemoration of the discovery of the Americas, organized by Indigenous groups demanding autonomy and the recovery of ancestral land in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 12, 2020. Those out on the streets this week will no doubt draw inspiration from the events in Bolivia, where the government of Jeanine Añez suffered a catastrophic electoral defeat on Sunday at the hands of the grassroots Movement to Socialism (MAS) party. Some protested against income inequality, corruption, police brutality and various proposed economic and political reforms proposed by the government of Iván Duque Márquez, others against the few violent protestors and in … As of late February, protests in Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Haiti threaten to grow in the coming weeks. According to the Buenos Aires Times, some 4,000 police officers were deployed to storm the area in the early hours of the morning, “tearing down the shacks and miserable refuges of wood and plastic which were then set ablaze in scenes that sparked panic and fury among the temporary residents.”. Colombia has long been the most dangerous place in the world to be an activist. Above photo: Fire from a molotov cocktail explodes in front of police as a police vehicle shoots water at protesters who marched against the commemoration of the discovery of the Americas, organized by Indigenous groups demanding autonomy and the recovery of ancestral land in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 12, 2020. Recognizing that the problems of this year won’t magically go away when the calendar flips to 2021, I’m still glad to be in the final month of 2020. The largest protest took place in Buenos Aires, where thousands of people surrounded the obelisk in the central square shouting “freedom, justice, and the constitution.” Drivers honked their horns in support, while inflatable dolls of Fernández and Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner were on full display. Organizers plan what they hope to be large protests in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Chile. Historic protests are taking place across Latin America as people take to the streets to voice their displeasure at the IMF, government corruption, and the spread of fascism. 2020 has been an extremely turbulent year for the people of Latin America. Hundreds of thousands of Colombians demonstrated for various reasons. James Bosworth, Hxagon. Esteban Felix | AP. Protests Against Greed And Inequality Are Spreading Like Wildfire Through Latin America, https://popularresistance-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2017/12/popres-shorter.png, https://popularresistance-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/10/latinamerica-e1603655060183.jpg. You can email him at bkew@breitbart.com. The protests come a year after a wave of demonstrations shook Latin America, with protesters in Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and elsewhere taking to the streets to protest … Roundtable on Protests in Latin America. Protests raged across different countries and against governments across the political spectrum. NANN Ecuador. Thousands of people have taken to the streets as a tide of political upheaval sweeps Latin America. Meanwhile, in Haiti, U.S.-backed President Jovenal Moise is facing fresh waves of near-continuous protest, ever since he canceled elections and began ruling by decree. 2019 has been a difficult year in Latin America — 2020 may only get worse. Earlier this month, a police officer was filmed throwing a 16-year-old protester off a bridge, where he was left face down in the water with serious injuries. Yet the people of Costa Rica clearly did not consent to the measures, launching a weeks-long general strike that paralyzed the country. 2020 has been an extremely turbulent year for the people of Latin America. Much of Chile was ablaze this time last year, with citizens attempting to force the conservative government of Sebastian Piñera (the country’s richest man) to concede a vote on the country’s outdated, fascist-era constitution. Inflatable dolls of politicians wearing prison uniforms, known as pixulecos, originated in neighboring Brazil, where protests attracting millions preceded the impeachment and removal of socialist ex-President Dilma Rousseff in 2016. The country has seen weeks of protest, some turning violent. The unrest in Latin America this fall cannot be attributed to any single factor, and it is unclear how effective the Russia-linked influence campaign on Twitter was. Crisis of neoliberalism and the left 21 gennaio 2020 @ 18:27 Francis' teachings inspire Catholics in Latin America's economic protests Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Brazil see rising discontent over abysmal inequalities Nov 24, 2020 Tensions have risen across Argentina since December last year when Fernández won the presidential elections over the incumbent president Mauricio Macri. In Pictures: Protesters clash with police in Guatemala Protesters set fire to part of Guatemala’s Congress building amid growing demonstrations against the president. A bronze sculpture of four llamas is wrapped in plastic near the Palace of Justice in Lima, Peru, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Four more indigenous leaders were killed on Monday and Tuesday, with two narrowly escaping death. Another concern prompting the protests is the alleged plan the government has to purchase 10 million doses of Russian manufactured coronavirus vaccine candidates, despite many experts expressing doubt over both the safety and efficacy of the product. The social tsunami – accompanied by the thunderous banging of pots and pans used in protests across the continent – was propelled by a population hungry for social justice. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has condemned what it called an “excessive use of force” by police in Guatemala against demonstrators opposed to a … Widespread mobilisation from social organisations denounced corruption While the region has suffered greatly thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, organized protest once again offers hope that a better world is possible. According to the Latin America Risk Report, the situation in Latin American is only set to worsen in 2020. “The evicted resisted the raid with stones and other projectiles while the police fired back with rubber bullets and tear gas in clashes lasting several hours,” the Times added. Protests in Latin America: Carriquiry (former PCLA Secretary-Vice President) to SIR, “subversion of social order. By Vincent Ricci. Despite the strict measures, the country has recorded over 1.2 million coronavirus cases, the second-highest figure in Latin America and the seventh-highest worldwide. This book explores socioeconomic protests in Egypt and Tunisia since 2011 after historical mobilizations in the area fueled by protest. Leftists protests also took place this weekend against the eviction of largely homeless families and squatters living in improvised shacks at the Guernica encampment in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. There is a wide range of grievances on display. Protests in Latin America: Carriquiry (former PCLA Secretary-Vice President) to SIR, “we are witnessing the explosion of a pressure cooker of poverty and inequality” 21 gennaio 2020 @ 18:26 Monday, October 12, 2020 Police officers scuffle with protesters who want to topple the statue of Italian explorer Cristobal Colon, also known as Christopher Columbus, in Mexico City, October 12. Lucía LACURCIA and AFP July 19, 2020 July 19, 2020 Share on ... a researcher on Latin American issues at the Elcano Royal Institute, ... Todd Staley - December 10, 2020. Protest Issues and Political Inequality in Latin America Nicolás M. Somma, Matías Bargsted, and Felipe Sánchez American Behavioral Scientist 2020 64 : 9 , 1299-1323 With prices rising on almost a daily basis and the government restricting citizens’ access to U.S. dollars, many Argentines are cashing in their life savings at black-market prices just to ensure they do not lose everything. 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