How new creative actions are fueling Chile’s uprising

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10.02.2020 – Santiago de Chile – Cristián Opaso

How new creative actions are fueling Chile’s uprising
(Image by Cristián Opaso)

In response to repression by Chilean police, decentralized performances — sparked by small artist collectives — are replacing traditional barricades.

On the surface, things have calmed down in Chile, after the initial weeks of massive demonstrations that began on Oct. 18, and brought the military back into the streets almost three decades after the fall of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. But the country is far from calm.

While new repressive tactics are being used to keep stubborn protesters away from the now legendary Dignity Square, the Chilean people — from organized traditional unions to artist collectives — are developing and implementing new creative nonviolent direct actions. The best known among them is the now world famous performance of the Las Tesis women’s collective that spread like wildfire from Valparaiso to Istanbul to Mexico City to San Francisco and beyond.

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