Anti-government demonstrators commandeer an armoured vehicle during a nationwide strike and protest against President Lenin Moreno in Quito, Ecuador. Protest in Quilpue, Chile, 10/20/2019 © erlucho / Shutterstock The first thing to bear in mind when looking at the recent violent demonstrations that have occurred in Latin American countries like Chile, Ecuador, Haiti and Bolivia is to resist the spell of common myths about the region. Amid Unrest, America Is Unrecognizable to Its Allies. What the Democrats are doing engaging in politics as usual and it is not about raising your taxes 10%. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Saturday became the second leader this month to declare a state of emergency, his hand forced by violent protests in … Some claimed far-right “white nationalists” were involved, but no evidence has surfaced indicating so. That's prompted about 5 million people - more than 10 per cent of the population - to flee. "Wherever you look, there's a lot of uncertainty and turmoil," said Michael Shifter, head of the Inter-American Dialogue, a think tank based in Washington. (Each has denied wrongdoing.). Disclaimer: Views expressed in this commentary are those of the staff member. “They have bombed military barracks, [placed] car bombs, attacked police, attacked cell phone towers … I see the same tactic of attacking police stations [used] here over there now,” Barba told Breitbart News, referring to the burning down of police stations in Portland, Oregon, and Minneapolis. Former Bolivian President Evo Morales has warned government officials not to "stain themselves with the blood of the people," after his supporters took to the streets in … The current unrest and political upheaval in Bolivia and other South American countries mark a breaking point: The political leaders are now confronted with the late consequences of the global financial crisis 2008. Many of those participating in the destruction appear to be members of the largely white Marxist group Antifa, which President Donald Trump has vowed to designate a terrorist organization. President Martin Vizcarra has emerged as an anti-corruption crusader, but he has only a tiny party behind him. Political crises are erupting across Latin America, compounding the difficulties of a region already struggling … (He pleaded not guilty. Chile experienced perhaps the most outrageous of the violence; leftists burned down churches, destroyed Santiago subway stations, and terrorized residential communities. Wit… These tensions, however, are present in different degrees in all the countries and emerged when protests were triggered by corruption scandals, adjustment policies, or contested electoral results. In Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America, street protests are spooking investors. Borzou Daragahi Warning of global protest ‘surge’ as pandemic threatens mass unrest. In 2019, growth is expected to be just 0.6 per cent, according to the International Monetary Fund. In Haiti, the anti-government protests were sparked by government efforts to end fuel subsidies. “The downtown [of Santiago] – they destroyed it, burned it, tore it apart, and it strikes me that [it’s] the same destruction I see in the images I see on TV of you, those were the same places they destroyed here,” Barba affirmed. In some countries, "there's an inability to process social conflict through normal political channels. UK Politics. Haiti, perennially the poorest country in the hemisphere, has suffered from chronic instability. “Was the trigger here George Floyd’s death, or was this planned until a trigger event happened?”. The Democrats lied to the people promising they will create jobs without mentioning that they are in league with the World Economic Forum and the Great Reset as is Canada for Agenda 2030 which has to first destroy as many jobs as possible. A riot police truck fires water to demonstrators during the ongoing protests against policies of Sebastian Piñera and longstanding inequality on Nov. 15, 2019 in Santiago, Chile. "There is a sense that overwhelming action must be taken to defeat the other side," said Ivan Briscoe, the program director for Latin America at the International Crisis Group. Autumn 2019 saw looting, burning, and assorted destructive acts in Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, and Chile, among other countries. This is what South Africa could look like in 2024 And polarisation is rising. ), Poverty is fuelling discontent on the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. But then came the bust. Ecuador and Argentina show the challenges of stabilising economies after the departure of big-spending populist leaders. The flag of the indigenous Mapuche people of Chile, which the Chilean left has appropriated as its own symbol, also made a showing in Minneapolis. Political polarisation is exacerbating the problems in Peru and other countries. In Haiti, demonstrations threaten to topple the government. The continent still has not recovered from the decreasing demand of the USA, Europe and China “We cannot lose the ability to dialogue and protect institutions, both within and without the state – it is the only way to come to agreements and lower the intensity of the protests.”. Please let us know if you're having issues with commenting. Like the current situation in the United States, violence appeared to erupt nearly simultaneously throughout the continent and, like in America, many locals expressed frustration that the most violent acts appeared to be committed or paid for by foreign actors. So you wind up getting street protests" or the dissolution of congress. A bystander filmed his death, which occurred after Chauvin crushed Floyd’s neck with his knee for nearly ten minutes. Paraguay has been experiencing massive protests against President Mario Abdo. Delayed Response: South America’s Unrest The current social, economic and political unrest in the region has been building since the 2008 financial crisis. And in Ecuador, protests grew so chaotic that the administration high-tailed it out of the capital. Political crises are erupting across Latin America, compounding the difficulties of a region already struggling with massive migration and economic troubles. By Allison Fedirka. “What we are seeing now is the convergence of threat networks using anarchist and socialist movements to manipulate the George Floyd protests to escalate violence and cause chaos in the United States, much like they have done recently in Latin America.”, Humire noted that, just like in Chile, “it’s important to segment these national protests into at least two separate groups: 1) those that are peacefully protesting about racial injustice or police discrimination, which is their constitutional right; and 2) those that are using the peaceful protests as cover for more violent and nefarious actions to vandalize, steal, and commit arson – which are acts of terror.”. An investigative report by Project Veritas revealed that staffers on Sanders’ campaign this year had plans for violence against Americans regardless of Sanders’ performance in the election. Herrera added that she considered concerns in Chile about police brutality and frustration towards the Catholic Church over sexual abuse cases legitimate, though the violence related to that frustration not so. “I think it is important to understand that today, institutions are disgraced and social movements have strengthened and created spaces for themselves that were once only for political organizations,” Herrera said. SANTIAGO, Chile - The death toll from violent unrest in Chile rose to 23 on Friday as the country entered its fifth week of social unrest. In Peru, the traditional party system has collapsed. The vast amounts of drug money washing through Latin America have intensified corruption, fuelling violence and political instability in countries from Colombia to Mexico. Latin America in particular experienced greater social unrest than at any time in recent memory. Recent political unrest paints an uneasy picture for South Africa’s future, according to a new report by the Institute for Security Studies. His remarks echoed his description of the Santiago violence during a prior interview with Breitbart News in December, in which he asserted that organized radical leftists were “handing out food before the protests, alcohol, we assume drugs” to enable destruction. Those demands, it is worth noting, have morphed into the Chilean left calling for an entirely new national constitution. “In the damage occurring starting from October 2019 in Santiago de Chile … participated groups of, more or less, anarchists to my understanding, some from the extreme left, who have always advocated for violence in our country,” Kareen Herrera, Secretary of International Relations for Chile’s center-left Christian Democratic Party (PDC), told Breitbart News this week. Cyber warfare allows foreign state adversaries to help them out,” Humire explained. In Buenos Aires, the Plaza de Mayo and Congreso areas are … At the time, one of the most prominent leftists on the continent, Nicolás Maduro henchman and U.S.-sanctions drug trafficker Diosdado Cabello, used his Venezuelan state TV show to warn the United States would soon face similar violence. Honduras' opposition has demanded that he resign. Colombian political analyst Vicente Torrijos believes that foreign meddling could play a part in the turmoil in South American countries -- but only in addition to real popular angst. Credit:AP. Moreno and his Argentine counterpart, Mauricio Macri, imposed tough austerity programs to tackle the countries' large debts. "There's no way you can insulate the political process from those concentrations of criminal wealth," said Roberts, of Cornell. The shared iconography does not necessarily mean the same individuals are active in both countries, Joseph Humire, the executive director of the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS), a national security research institution, told Breitbart News. “The latter more subversive group seems to be tied primarily to the anarchist movement, ANTIFA – which has a global network. “The same urban guerrilla tactics we saw here are over there now, the exact same thing and the same posters, the same signs in their hands,” René Barba, a city councilman in Lo Barnochea, a suburb of Santiago, Chile, told Breitbart News this week, asserting that the rioters even targeted the same store brands to destroy in America as they did in Chile. In Chile, 2,500 injured and least 20 dead in weeks of unrest. Barba, a conservative, contended that the riots in Chile were not isolated from those in the United States, going as far as asserting that some of those engaging in left-wing activism in America today were active in Chile not long ago. South America's protests fueled by 'extreme' social inequality Ecuador and Chile have been the scenes of anti-government protests in recent weeks, many of which have ended in violence. In 1958, an exclusively bipartisan political alternation system, known as the National Front, resulted from an agreement between the Liberal and Conservative parties. Democratic institutions remain weak. His boss, Maduro, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the 2016 election but did not endorse in 2020. Autumn 2019 saw looting, burning, and assorted destructive acts in Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, and Chile, among other countries. So far, he's prevailed. Americas. “We spent October, November, December, January, February, where nothing was done – nothing. Protests and violent riots throughout the United States, nominally expressing outrage over the death of Minnesota man George Floyd, attracted Latin American leftist iconography this week – not a coincidence given months of violent riots throughout South America, observers told Breitbart News. Its economy has shrunk by more than half since 2013, due to plunging oil prices and mismanagement. “The protests are for social demands that have been delayed for many years, such as [a rise in] the minimum wage, giving rightful attention to healthcare, quality public education, higher education without debt, pensions for old age – in sum, a long list of demands that are valid when the wage gap and life conditions are evident on a day-by-day basis,” Herrera told Breitbart News. The crises, while different from country to country, have some common threads. Citizens are more aware than ever of government abuse, thanks to more independent judges, a freer press, and the rise of civic groups and social media. Local authorities in multiple cities – including Minneapolis, Dallas, Richmond, and Denver, among others – blamed “outsiders” for the violence. George Floyd’s family pleaded with violent actors to cease committing acts of destruction in the name of their loved one this week. And it could certainly be said that our current political unrest has nothing on the 1960s. Having just passed the midway point of 2019, now is an opportune moment to take stock of Latin America. On September 30, Vizcarra dissolved Congress, which responded by attempting to suspend him, creating Peru's biggest political crisis in decades. Police throw tear gas at protesters in Honduras. “In all of this social movement that has developed in Chile and that has gotten out of the hands of both authorities and organizers, innocent people have been hurt, like small business owners, and that has been exacerbated today by the pandemic, which will cause more poverty in Chile,” Herrera stated. A quarter of the world's countries saw a "significant increase" in unrest in 2019 – and that will continue in 2020, a Jan. 16 report finds. "It has a highly, highly distortionary and disruptive effect on democratic politics. “What is happening in Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Argentina, Honduras is just a little breeze, and what is coming is a Bolivarian hurricane,” he said, referring to the Venezuelan socialist ideology. In addition to Venezuela, where political and economic criseshave resulted in a humanitarian disaster known around the world, there has been recent turbulence elsewhere in South America. Latin American citizens have become increasingly frustrated with corruption - taking to the streets in recent years to press for the ouster of governments in Brazil and Guatemala. The public is far less tolerant of corruption and poor services. Charles Lewis, 25, is pictured here repairing clothes.Credit:AP. “Chile is not isolated from what is happening globally, with a disgraced political class and increasingly less electoral participation from its population.”. Barba noted that over a dozen members of Chile’s Congress, many of them left-wing, left the country in February, and claimed several of the most radical visited the United States. Among the symbols of Marxist violence present at protests around the country this week were the flag of Nicaragua’s Sandinista movement – which killed dozens of peaceful protesters throughout the pro-democracy movement of 2018 – and the “Chavez eyes” logo commonly used by the socialist regime of Nicolás Maduro. Whether in Germany or Argentina, we have seen anarchists try to cause chaos at G20 summits in recent years, and last year we saw local ANTIFA cells involved in the violent national protests in Chile and Colombia,” he noted. This election is unlike anything ever before. And sometimes US prosecutors lend a hand. ... Scientific study debunks claims that Hitler escaped to South America. Herrera asserted only that the disillusion and lack of trust in the government that Chilean society has experienced is not unique to Chile, and neither are their consequences. Police throw tear gas at protesters in Honduras. Charles Lewis, 25, is pictured here repairing clothes. Here are some of the factors driving the current unrest. And in Ecuador, protests grew so chaotic that the administration high-tailed it out of the capital. Where economic development outpaced or occurred without political changes—such as in much of the Arab world and the rest of Africa and South Asia—instability ensued. Now Moreno is facing the greatest threat yet to his presidency, and Macri is expected to lose reelection this month. Bolivia, Ecuador, and Chile all arrested foreigners, most tied to the socialist and communist regimes of Venezuela and Cuba, accused of fueling violence in the countries. He has already endured months of protests over proposals that his critics say would privatise health and educational services. Poverty is fuelling discontent on the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. ", Latin America in crisis as political turmoil spreads. Peru's last four presidents have all been ordered detained on corruption charges. But they also agreed that, if the protests were once peaceful and just, by October, they had gotten out of the control of many organizers, now controlled by violent elements seeking to engage in widespread destruction. WASHINGTON — Watching political unrest explode across South America this fall, officials at the State Department noticed an eerily similar … The agreement had come as a result of the two parties attempting to find a final political solution to the decade of mutual violence and unrest, remaining in effect until 1974. The video triggered widespread outrage, prompting nationwide protests against police brutality, particularly against black people. But it was hit hard by the drop in prices starting in 2014. All of this makes for flammable situations like the one in Ecuador - where President Lenin Moreno's decision to end fuel subsidies drew so many demonstrators to Quito that he moved his government to the calmer city of Guayaquil. In Honduras, the President is battling US allegations that he received bribes from drug lords. A demostrator prepares to hurl a rock at police during a protest in Honduras.Credit:AP. Witnesses have testified that the President received more than $1 million for his 2013 reelection campaign from drug traffickers in exchange for protecting them from prosecution. A decade ago, Ecuador was riding high thanks to a boom in global oil prices. “In national security, convergence theory allows for anarchic agit-prop groups to make common cause with socialist and anti-American movements in Latin America. The most recent example of civil unrest comes from Honduras, where demonstrators have been protesting the president’s controversial re-election in November after a court approved changes to the constitution to allow presidents to run for a second term. The economic slowdown is straining a region where "political institutions are weak, parties are weak, judiciaries are weak," said Kenneth Roberts, director of the Latin American studies program at Cornell University. 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