Protests in Chile demand end to attacks by gov’t, capitalist rulers

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019
Union contingent of Walmart workers at Oct. 23 march in Santiago, Chile, part of nationwide general strike protesting low wages, woefully inadequate pensions and health care.

Pro-business pundits used to call Chile the “Latin American tiger,” which they attributed to its rulers’ embrace of the capitalist free market, “fiscal responsibility” and openness to imperialist penetration. Eduardo Frei, president in much of the 1990s, even privatized the…

Bolivia protests falter after deal with ‘interim’ gov’t

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019

For two weeks workers, peasants and indigenous communities organized protests across Bolivia against the ouster of President Evo Morales. These have wound down for now after a shaky agreement was reached between the new government and the protesters. Morales resigned…