Pols241 week 10 lec 3 nov.14
o Students in chile start protests
Paralyzed education system
Paralyzed cities (central area of Santiago=completely occupied)
Trade unions joined them
Has support of 75% of chiles population
These protests continue today and still making the same demands
Were protesting because they felt betrayed by the conservative
government of Sebastian Pinera and the leftist government.
Felt disillusioned with the myth of Chilean society and the promises of
the politicians. Like:
o 1) Economic growth= modernization, social mobility and less
Accusing government of pretending that economic
growth would solve social ills and social inequality.
o Despite laws claiming otherwise they
found ways to make profits off of
o 2) protesting the culture of privilege benefiting the children of
This is where the disillusionment comes from
o 3) argued that these calls for unity was only a pretext to impose
Argue that Chilean society right now is run by elites
o Political society has betrayed them by ignoring the interests of
the people and disregarding their voice.
University degrees not worth as much as before= doesn’t lead to better
o In chile it is the family you come from that matters ( good
universities are reserved for children of the elite.
Thus students feel like they have been cheated.
Interesting for us because students have been protesting for 2 and a
half years. Tells us the difference between Canada and Chile.
o Canada ( and north America)
People react to these conditions in privatist ways
(individual response. Ie. Get trade degree after BA,
individuals adapt and cope= change in behavior=
cynicism and resignation. Don’t see the point in protesting, instead opt
for a second job.
Our response to social issues is not social conflict
We don’t expect our pms to be held to a certain social
In Latin America
o Response is collective (social life is lived in groups ie. If student you feel an affiliation to