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Liam Burns (NUS UK President):

One thing we’ve got to understand and get better at is our campaigning techniques. Don’t get me wrong, I do not deride what Quebec students managed to pull off, I’m not saying that the actions in Chile weren’t powerful and inspirational but they are in very, very different political and economic climates. … We are not going to deride those tactics but we need to have 21st-century campaigning when dealing with 21st-century problems …

Patrick Kingsley:

The Chilean movement only became so radical through a similarly lengthy debate, she says. “2011 was the product of 10 years of debate,” adds Paul Floor Pilquil, Vallejo’s colleague at the University of Chile student union (Fech). A decade ago, he says, Chile’s main student bodies were as bogged down in the smaller issues as they are now in Britain. “But then we started to connect all the specific problems.”

Liam Burns essentially says that Chilean students only saw success because they’re living in some backwards state. Leaders of the Chilean student movement say we’re basically playing catch up with how the NUS is attempting to deal with the issues students in the UK are facing.
I know who I’d rather pay attention to (not the one from the organisation that’s leaving UK students out to dangle over access to free education but the one that’s actually forcing ministerial resignations.)
Quotes taken from: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/nov/21/student-march-eggs-anger and http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/20/chile-student-rebel-camila-vallejo respectively.


An injuried student is arrested by riot policemen during a demonstration against the government demanding changes in the public state education system, in Santiago April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Vera


Iquique, March 22

Iquique is a northern city, dockworkers/fishermen used flaming barricades to close off some of the city’s ports for about two hours.



“More Education

Less Oppression


Santiago, March 15



“My Body

Land of Resistance”

“Breathes the Good Fight”


International Women’s Day, Santiago, by jpcatepillan


“We Have Said Enough! No More Violence”

International Women’s Day, Santiago



El Pueblo Unido

The original lyrics in Spanish can be found here. It doesn’t have the same ring in English as it does in Spanish but it gets its point across

Arise, fight
the people are going to win.
The life to come
will be better.
To conquer
our happiness.
and a clamor
of a thousand fighting voices will rise,
a song of freedom.
With determination
the fatherland will win.

And now the people,
who are rising in struggle
with a giant voice
crying out: Forward!

The people united will never be defeated!!
The people united will never be defeated!!.


“Brutal Aggression


According to the TV”


tbh none of the Chilean blogs I follow talk about her. I really don’t see her name but maybe they all collectively don’t talk about her. I think she is just a cute girl that is media friendly and may be puffed up a bit.

Yeah.  That’s the vibe I was getting too.  All power to her for it though because without her I don’t think the UK media would give nearly half as much coverage to Chile, and she is very media savvy.


Camila Vallejo, The Guardian

On the one hand I question, as I question any media cult of personality, the extent to which the student movement in Chile really does revolve around Camilla Vallejo.  On the other hand that the British media (well, the Guardian) is obsessed with her does mean that the Chilean student movement does get a lot more coverage in the UK, which is awesome and inspiring.  On the third hand, I want to marry her so she can talk Spanish at me all day.  I won’t understand, but life will be awesome.


Camila Vallejo, Proud of Being Communist

The Chilean student leader doesn’t mince her words.

“The ideas of communists today have real significance for they make sense in the context of people’s awakening,” said Camila Vallejo, a militant of the Communist Youths and one of the main leaders of the student movement which has been demanding structural reforms of education for six months.

In dialogue with the foreign press, Vallejo said that inequality in Chile “cannot last any longer, it is not sustainable, people don’t tolerate it any more — hence the necessity to raise consciousness but also to analyze what causes inequality and to combat it in an organized manner.  That is what we have been proposing, throughout history, as communists.”

“If they ask me what sense it makes to be communist now, I say: more sense than ever.  I feel very proud of being communist at this moment,” Vallejo added.

Regarding the student movement she leads, Vallejo emphasized that it must “resist and transcend,” recognizing that it finds itself in a “very difficult” moment due to being worn out by a long period of mobilizations.


El Tanquetazo o Tancazo fue un fallido golpe de estado en contra del gobierno socialista de la Unidad Popular del presidente Salvador Allende, en Chile. Ocurrió el 29 de junio de 1973, y fue liderado por el Teniente Coronel Roberto Souper, del Regimiento Blindado Nº2.

Se le denominó “Tanquetazo” porque los rebeldes usaron primordialmente tanques y carros de combate pesados. La sublevación fue sofocada con éxito por los soldados leales al Comandante en Jefe del EjércitoCarlos Prats.


Representatives of Chile’s student movement are seeking to reinstate the themes of tax reform and the nationalization of the country’s lucrative copper industry into the ongoing debate about the nation’s class-based education system.

Students propose that revenues generated by these means could be invested into the country’s public universities to secure free higher education, one of the movement’s  core demands since May 2011, when school seizures, strikes and marches began. Chile’s copper was previously nationalized under former socialist President Salvador Allende, with unanimous approval of Chile’s Senate and Chamber of Deputies . The move drew the ire of U.S. foreign investors and was one of the main factors that led to the country’s international isolation, paving the way for the military coup in 1973.  The investors appealed to U.S. President Richard Nixon, who then funded opposition groups and kept international bank loans from Chile in the ultimately successful effort to destabilize and overthrow the Allende government.

Chile’s students push for nationalization of copper industry


Violent clashes in Chile as students-government negotiations break down

Chilean students marched in downtown Santiago Thursday, clashing with police and blocking traffic for much of the day, after negotiations with the government over education reforms broke down.

Student leader Camila Vallejo accused the government of unprecedented use of force.

“This has been one of the most violent marches” after four months of demonstrations, newspaper La Tercera quoted Santiago Mayor Pablo Zalaquett as saying.

Chilean police used water cannons and tear gas to break up the student march demanding free public education. A huge deployment of riot police surrounded students in the Plaza Italia, Santiago’s traditional gathering place, where student leader Camila Vallejo tried to lead the march while holding a sign saying “United and Stronger,” only to be pummelled by water cannons and forced to retreat by tear gas.

9/11 – Never Forget!


Salvador Allende ¡Presente!

Of the many military coups faced by the republics of Latin America, it is the coup of 11 September 1973 that has engraved itself most permanently on the collective memory. The images of the bombing of the Moneda Palace, of the despair on the face of Salvador Allende shortly before his suicide, of the defiant expression worn by Pinochet behind his dark glasses and of the public burning of books that circulated around the world and became the symbol of military brutality.

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The 1973 Chilean coup d’état was a watershed event of the Cold War and the history of Chile. On Tuesday 11 September 1973, the democratically elected President Salvador Allende was overthrown in a coup d’état organised by the Chilean military and endorsed by the United States. A military junta led by General Augusto Pinochet took control of the government, composed of the heads of the Air Force, Navy, Carabineros (police force) and the Army. Pinochet later assumed power and ended Allende’s democratically elected Popular Unity government.

During the air raids and ground attacks that preceded the coup, Allende gave his last speech, in which he vowed to stay in the presidential palace, where he died. After the coup, Pinochet established a military dictatorship that ruled Chile until 1990; it was marked by severe human rights violations. A weak insurgent movement against the Pinochet government was maintained inside Chile by elements sympathetic to the former Allende government.

La cruzada anticomunista gringa en chilito, gracias a los burgueses criollos que se hasta hoy se llenan la boca con su democracia de la propiedad privada


“Students: Start the revolution!”


I saw that 9/11/01 post going around, so I thought I’d post another tragedy that happened on 9/11: the Chilean Coup d’etat.

The OP of that post wanted at least 2761 notes or something like that as respect for all those who died. Well for this post, I want 83,761, because the US installment of this dictator in chile caused 3761 people to be killed, and around 80,000 to be tortured or put in concentration camp like scenarios.

And all of this can be directly tied to the United States.


Abre sendas por los cerros,
deja su huella en el viento,
el águila le da el vuelo
lo cobija el silencio.

Nunca se quejó del frío,
nunca se quejó del sueño,
el pobre siente su paso
y lo sigue como ciego.

Correlé, correlè, correlá,
por aquí, por aquí, por allá.
Correlé, correlé, correlá,
correlé que te van a matar…
correlé, correlé, correlá.

Su cabeza es rematada
por cuervos con garra de oro.
Cómo lo ha crucificado
la furia del poderoso.

Hijo de la rebeldía,
lo siguen veinte mas veinte,
porque regala su vida
ellos le quieren dar muerte.

Correlé, correlè, correlá,
por aquí, por aquí, por allá.
Correlé, correlé, correlá,
correlé que te van a matar…
correlé, correlé, correlá.

Translated by FAEMINOSMITH (many thanks):

He open paths through the hills,
leaves its mark on the wind
the eagle gives him flight
the silence shelters him.

He never complained of cold
never complained of sleep
the poor feels his steps
and followes him as a blind.

Run, run, run,
around here, here and there.
Run, run, run,
run for your life …
Run, run, run.

His head is crowned
by crows with golden claw.
How have crucified him
the fury of the powerful.

Son of rebellion
he is followed by twenty plus twenty
cause he gives his life
they want to kill him.

Run, run, run,
around here, here and there.
Run, run, run,
run for your life …
Run, run, run.

‎”El Aparecido” literally means “the one who appeared”.

Composed by Victor Jara, a fighter whose bullets are his songs, for his friend and Comandante… Commander Che Guevarra.
Performed by the world-renowned group Inti-Illimani.

Victor Lidio Jara Martinez was a Chilean teacher, theater director, poet, singer-songwriter and political activist.
He sang about the joys and the struggle of the Chilean masses.

Shortly after the U.S.-backed September 11, 1973 Chilean coup he was arrested.
The fascists made sure that Victor Jara won’t be able to play music anymore…
They crushed the bones in his fingers before torturing him with unimaginable barbaric methods and then finally, ruthlessly riddled him with machine gun-fire.
His body was later thrown out into the street of a shanty town in Santiago.

The actual song starts at around 2:20


Chile. September 2. Students participate in the World Kiss Marathon for Education in Santiago. Students in Chile are demanding education reform; they have demonstrated for affordable education and better education opportunities since the beginning of August. [Photos: Felipe Trueba/EPA]