Struggle in Chile: shaking the neoliberal order
About this session
In Chile, the struggle against neoliberalism and state repression reached incredible heights in late 2019. Sparked and led by young working class people, the movement repeatedly brought hundreds of thousands onto the streets, showing us both the anger at decades of inequality and authoritarianism and the beauty and power of united working class action, fuelled by hope for a radical restructuring of society.
2020 was a difficult year for the movement. The approach of the parliamentary left demobilised the mass struggle with “peace pacts” in search of institutional solutions, repression from Pinera government was stepped up and the COVID crisis created immense obstacles to maintaining the momentum of the struggle.
Despite this, mass protests returned to the streets around the demand for a constituent assembly to rewrite the national constitution, a legacy of the Pinochet dictatorship, showing the possibilities for a revival in the movement. What will 2021 bring?
This session will be introduced by Joaquín Araneda Castillo, socialist activist, member of the Movimiento Anticapitalista (Chile), Director of the socialist publication Alternativa Anticapitalista.