In the past few weeks, violent protests in Latin America have resulted in destroyed property, thousands of arrests and dozens of deaths. Observers, including scholars of the region, are surprised by the recent turmoil in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and especially in Chile. Nobody saw it coming.
And yet these don’t come out of nowhere. For more than a year, citizens have been turning out for mass protests in Venezuela, Haiti, Nicaragua and Honduras. Not long ago, massive protests in Guatemala (2015) and Brazil (2016) helped push out presidents. And in recent weeks, Panama and Mexico have also had smaller but significant protests.… Seguir leyendo »