Madison community stands in solidarity with Chilean protesters

Written by Laura Bunn, LACIS Graduate Project Assistant, and Will Kenneally for the Badger Report

Violent clashes continue in Chile as protesters fight for their dignity and rights.

The movement has grown, with more than a million people on the streets. Members of the Madison community joined Chileans in solidarity. The Badger Report’s Will Kenneally has more.

The sound of protest carries across continents.

That’s a way to make noise and kind of manifest[ate] in a pacific way that you are actually showing that you don’t have the intention to become violent but really to be heard,” Veronica Inostroza said.

The pots and pans are a familiar sound in Chilean demonstration. Protesters gathered in Madison using a traditional form of protest called cacerolazo to show solidarity with Chileans.

According to Alexandra Huneeus, a law professor at UW-Madison, inequality is prevalent in Chile.

“There is no social net for people,” Huneeus said. “There’s very few public services that support people, so health insurance, pension funds, are all very contested right now.”

Pepe Barros Hoffens says this weighs heavily on Chileans.

“People in general in Chile, friends, family, people I haven’t even met, they feel the pressure and you can see it in their faces,” Barros Hoffens said. “People have lost their hope, they feel left behind.”

While the future of their country is unclear, Chileans remain hopeful for the future.

“My hopes are huge,” Barros Hoffens said. “My hopes are that not only Chile becomes a better place for everyone, but also other countries in Latin America.”

The Chilean government has announced some reforms, but protesters remain in the street. For the Badger Report, I’m Will Kenneally.