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Four Months After The Revolt In Chile: Repression, Resistance And Struggle Continues

They have not been able to cope with this stubborn and brave people who for four months have not only gone out into the squares by the thousands but have also changed their names to beautiful words like “Dignity” and “Revolution”. It has torn down monuments of conquerors and traitors who were their disciples, it has suffered wounds in the eyes of many young people who had opened them up to look at their enemies...

Chile Where The Real Violence Is Coming From

Since the people’s rebellion began against the Sebastian Piñera Administration and neoliberalism in Chile, he and the pro-Pinochet right-wing have gathered under Chile Vamos, in collaboration with the institutional press, to stigmatize those in active opposition as rebels and subversive. As the saying goes, “the thief behind the judge.” The violence generated in Chile since October 18, 2019...

Colombian National Strike Committee Issues Call To Renew Anti-Government Protests

A popular uprising against the far-right Ivan Duque government began last year opposing the rise in assassinations of social leaders and the neoliberal economic measures. The Colombian National Strike Committee (CNP) has called for a series of fresh protests over the next couple of months after the far-right government of Ivan Duque failed to reach any sort of agreement with them.

How New Creative Actions Are Fueling Chile’s Uprising

In response to repression by Chilean police, decentralized performances — sparked by small artist collectives — are replacing traditional barricades. On the surface, things have calmed down in Chile, after the initial weeks of massive demonstrations that began on Oct. 18, and brought the military back into the streets almost three decades after the fall of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. But the country is far from calm. While new repressive tactics are being used to keep stubborn protesters away from the now legendary Dignity Square, the Chilean people.

The People Of India Are Taking It To The Streets

Every day and in every part of India, hundreds of thousands of people – mainly young people – gather on the streets to express their anger at the government. Their protests, like those of the protests in Chile, emerged out of one particular grievance but then have cascaded outward. They are angry at the government’s attempt to define citizenship in a narrow and bigoted way; but they are also angry at the arrogance of the government and at the disastrous way in which the government has managed the economy.

Dignity On The Streets Of Colombia

Colombia is undergoing a historic moment of social transformation and struggle. Hundreds of thousands of people have joined the uprising against the criminal, neoliberal and repressive government of president Ivan Duque including famous musicians, beauty queens and athletes. In the universities, plazas, and streets of towns, municipalities and cities across Colombia, people from diverse sectors of society are bringing their pots and pans, placards, home-made shields, musical instruments, etc. to raise their voices against Duque’s government and in support of key demands to improve the lives of the Colombian people.

The Popular Assemblies At The Heart Of The Chilean Uprising

More than fifty days have passed since the Chilean uprising burst into existence. For those living it on the ground, it feels like much longer. The movement has already gone through several upheavals, alternately evolving and disintegrating in response to the changing terrain of struggle. The Piñera administration and its sympathizers have called — without success — for a return to normality. In response, the people have unequivocally stated that “normality” was the problem. Throughout the capital city of Santiago, graffiti reads: “I prefer the chaos.”

Human Rights In Chile And At Chile-Controlled COP25: Attack Children, Medics & Civil Society

Then today, 16-year-old #Greta Thunberg was named as Time Magazine‘s person of the year. Celebrating the power of youth. I wonder if either Time or Greta heard about the 15 year old girl in Chile put in the hospital with a critical brain injury by the same country running this year’s UN Climate Summit (COP25)–where Thunberg spoke today, after receiving the award, about the importance of outrage. While Greta spoke about the power of outrage at COP25, it was not ironically cracking down on dissent and ejecting civil society groups en masse over a non-violent protest of ongoing inaction and injustice.

Impasse In Bolivia

Many of my friends and colleagues who live in La Paz are in hiding. Some have received death threats, while others are afraid to communicate via WhatsApp. One is in exile after vandals burned her house down. Because of shortages, the price of eggs has risen from less than one boliviano (11 pence) to 2.50, chicken has gone up from 15 to 35 bolivianos a kilo, beef from 30-40 to 90-120 bolivianos. Queues to buy chicken are interminable, and uncollected garbage piles up. Protesters have cut the capital off from its supply lines, and fuel is running out.

There Are Riots In Iran And The Usual Suspects Are On It

The Iranian government decided to increase Iran's super low gasoline prices. The new price will only apply to the amount of gas that exceeds a subsidized 60 liter per family per month. The additionally money will be distributed to the poor. The move makes economic sense. It had previously been recommended by the IMF. The usual suspects have used the announcement to launch protests and riots in several Iranian cities. Some banks were set on fire and security personal were attacked. The CIA and the MEK cult are certainly trying to push for additional disturbances.

For The Gilets Jaunes, There Won’t Be An “After”

November 2019 has arrived, bringing in its wake the one year anniversary of the Gilets Jaunes. Those who talked about running out of steam in January, then this spring, then again this summer, still don’t get it: the essence of the movement, encoded in its DNA, is that it can’t end. Each social movement has its own temporality, its own specificity, its own way of ending. A few months after a huge strike, mass protests or popular uprisings, the media and political experts wrap up the sequence in newspaper and file it away in the archives of History.

Uprisings Bring Political Changes In The History Of America

It’s not mechanical and there are not prearranged times but it seems to be consistent, when analyzing the history of our people especially in the most recent history that changes occurred in social and political relationship of forces in the management of the State following people’s rebellions. This can be seen in Ecuador (2000 and 2006), Bolivia (2003) and Argentina (2001). It occurred at certain times in every place with their corresponding coordination, contradictions, failures and defeats.

Beirut Is Burning: Rebellion Against The Elites Has Commenced

Tires are burning, smoke is rising towards the sky. It is October, the 18th day of the month, the capital city of Lebanon, in the past known as the “Paris of the East”, is covered in smoke. For years I was warning that the country governed by corrupt, indifferent elites, could not hold together, indefinitely. For all those five years when I was calling Beirut home, things were going down the drain. Nothing was improving: almost no public transportation, electricity shortages, contaminated and erratic water supply.

Lebanon’s ‘October Revolution’ Must Go On!

The ‘streets’ of Lebanon have exploded in massive protests since October 17th. Following months of austerity and dire economic conditions, a shortage of US dollars that caused a serious threat of devaluation of the Lebanese currency resulting in a potential crisis of gasoline and bread, the continuing power and water outages, and a catastrophic week with wildfires ravaging the country and exposing the ruling class, the government met on Thursday and agreed to impose new taxes on the people, including a tax on Whatsapp calls!

A Look At Lebanon’s Ongoing Historic Uprising

For the last week, Lebanon has been witnessing an unprecedented uprising — both in scale and intensity — against the country’s ruling class. What started as a modest protest on Thursday, October 17, quickly turned into a massive demonstration. Over the next few days it grew to become arguably the largest protest movement in the country’s history. Estimations of the number of protesters across the country the following Sunday range from 1.2 to two million people, in a country of six million.
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