Interview With Renato Velez On The Chile Protests
Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola are joined by Renato Velez, a leftist academic in Chile. He has been involved in the protests and talks with us about how they were sparked.
Renato addresses the way in which the military police cracked down on demonstrations and highlights the ties that President Sebastian Pinera’s administration has to the regime of Augusto Pinochet.
“This is the first time since the end of the dictatorship that the military has been involved in cracking down on protest. We haven’t seen military on the streets after an earthquake or a natural disaster. But this is the first time that you have actual army cracking down on protesters,” Renato states.
Later in the show, Renato describes the role of Chilean students in the uprising and their grievances against the neoliberal policies promoted by the government. He also details how people are pushing for a new constitution in the country. And Renato outlines how the government has responded to political developments in Venezuela (Juan Guaido) as well as Brazil (Jair Bolsonaro).