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Chilean army sent to contain hungry mobs in poor neighborhoods of Santiago

Wednesday, May 20th 2020 - 08:54 UTC
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Coronavirus cases soared in Chile on Tuesday as soldiers were deployed to back up riot police in Santiago following clashes with demonstrators angry about food shortages and job losses. Read full article


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  • DemonTree

    Did it not occur to them to send the food baskets, and the family allowances, instead of riot police and army?

    May 20th, 2020 - 10:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Guillote

    each country has its reality
    What do you think about of boris and his handling of the pandemic?

    May 21st, 2020 - 02:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    Not perfect by any means, I’m just not sure anyone here would have done any better.

    The Gov does seem to have learned from mistakes quickly, except some things cannot be corrected quickly like testing capacity.

    This is an unprecedented situation and I don’t think anyone had a perfect answer.

    Remembering that in countries which have had low levels of infection, that’s not the end of it, until there is a vaccine or treatment they are just postponing the inevitable.

    May 21st, 2020 - 01:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    Sebastian Piñera has behaved just like other conservative governments reluctant to take strict isolation measures in order to keep “the economy” going. Then, like other countries in similar situation, he tried to do something...too little, too late.

    Piñera hasn't thought of helping poor Chileans. When they protest, he reacts the only way he knows, as any “respectable” Latin American oligarch would: sending the riot police and the army to smash the head of the desperados, so that they can learn their lesson and stay home in spite of hunger -- lest they lose an eye or two -- or worse.

    May 22nd, 2020 - 02:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Guillote

    Em ?

    Jajajajaj que maquina de decir tonterias del relato trosko podes pensar por tu cuenta?
    O solo repetis el relato ?
    Ya se la respuesta

    May 22nd, 2020 - 03:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot


    Jajajaja...el relato trosko?

    You must be a young person, too bad you think like an old dinosaur.

    I'll answer whenever you are able to come out with some kind of an argument. Meanwhile, have a good day, dear.

    May 26th, 2020 - 04:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Guillote

    totally agree with your comment.
    and for that reason
    I think it is important to leave out ideological questions and understand that there are different realities in the countries and I believe that the politicians know that this is measured at the end.

    I don't think DT understands it

    May 27th, 2020 - 02:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    It's important to protect public health, but Latin Americans need to recover from what will prove to be a devasting economic depression as it will cause more harm than the pandemic virus.

    I also completely agree with Pugol-H that “this is an unprecedented situation and I don’t think anyone had a perfect answer.”

    The following information is specifically directed to Enrique Massot who is delusional that socialism will somehow lift the masses out of poverty, instead of embracing in the free-market capitalistic export model that was created by The Chicago Boys, inspired by Milton Friedman.

    “Avocados continue to ride sales boost in pandemic”

    Avocados saw a resurgence in early May, according to the Hass Avocado Board’s latest report on sales during the pandemic.
    According to the avocado board, using numbers from Chicago-based research firm IRI, avocados sales for the week ending May 10 were up 15.6% over the same week in 2019. That’s up from the 2.4% increase the category saw for the week ending May 3.
    For the week ending May 10, avocados performed better than the overall fruit category (up 9.5%), but the overall fresh produce department sales were higher (14.8%), as were the sales for total store with perimeter departments (15.4%)

    Recent avocado sales have been up year-to-year, according to IRI data. Avocado sales, when compared with weekly sales in 2019 were:
    * April 19: 10.3%
    * April 26: 18.8%
    * May 3: 2.4%
    * May 10: 15.6%
    * Latest four weeks ending May 10: 11.4%
    * Year-to-date: 13.2%

    May 27th, 2020 - 03:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    This virus, once you catch it, will certainly kill Malvinistas the same as Falklandistas and Peronistas the same as normal people, this much is true.

    The difference is largely how likely you are to catch it where you are. This will depend on how successful the local authorities have been in containing it, whatever their political colour.

    Every response will need to consider local conditions and judgements will have to be made.

    In the end it is the effectiveness of measures taken that is important, not the ideology of the local government taking them.

    Chicureo is correct however, a severe enough recession/depression WILL cause more harm than the virus in any country.

    Again a judgement is going to have to be made as to when that point is approaching, which will be different for every country according to its individual situation.

    Frankly I don’t envy the politicians who are now having to make such life and death decisions, whilst oppositions can criticise everything and be responsible for nothing.

    Results will be how governments are judged about this in the end, not what their ideology was.

    May 27th, 2020 - 11:22 am - Link - Report abuse +1

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