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Montevideo, September 21st 2023 - 10:14 UTC
Chilean students have erected fiery blockades in major streets of the capital and clashed with police on Tuesday, first day of a two-day national strike to demand that the government reform the education system. Read full article
Hessel, the 91 year old French philosopher says “no oligarchy, political or economic, can be permitted as they don’t further democracy or democratic systems”. “The only thing that we [as protesters] cannot permit is violence in any of its forms”.He paradoxically advises the Chilean student representatives to learn from the “extreme case of Egypt that overthrew a dictator”.
Seems to me Hessel is remembering the 1968 Paris (etc) student riots and is thinking we have the same situation in Chile.
I guess he is implicitly encouraging the revolutionary overturn of the Chilean state (He must have forgotten his plea for Democracy).
Anybody know what happened to the detailed and time-staged Education Agreement between the Government and the ‘students’/unions?
Why a General Strike when the Agreement was reached weeks ago?
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