Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela: Unexpected Insurrections?

2019 has been an explosive year in Latin America for Left and Right regimes, unexpectedly so to many. In Chile, an innocuous rise in train fares has prompted a tumultuous several-million-strong uprising unseen since the Pinochet dictatorship. In Ecuador, the new government’s imposition of an IMF austerity package has triggered the largest and most violent uprising in a decade, led by Amazonian First Peoples. Venezuela has experienced a fresh round of US intervention and controversial government responses amidst massive pro-Maduro and pro-US street protests. In all three countries, arbitrary assassinations, disappearances and anti-systemic revolts have been a feature, alongside a transformation in gender and ethnic roles.


This forum will explore similarities and differences in each case. Why the uprisings now? Are they 21st century revolutions in the making? What role have political parties played? Is “our” media adequately representing the contenders? How have Australian-based Latin American communities reacted? What of Trump’s policies? Participant activists from each national community in Sydney will be invited for an open, timely and no-doubt lively debate. Join us!

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2019 has been an explosive year in Latin America for Left and Right regimes, unexpectedly so to many. In Chile, an innocuous rise in train fares has prompted a tumultuous several-million-strong

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12 Dec

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