Latin America against neoliberalism

People are rising up throughout the continent. Different US-backed governments look to impose neoliberal measures to go on sacrificing the people for the benefit of elites and multinational corporations. But from Haiti to Ecuador, from Panama to Chile, the wretched of the Earth are taking to the streets to defend and conquer their rights. It’s a cry for freedom that the mainstream media and brutal repression will not manage to silence. From now on, history will have to account for the poor peoples of America!

HAITI

¡Nou pap dòmi!

CAUSES

Corruption, fuel shortages

POPULAR DEMANDS

Moise’s resignation, social policies

MAIN ACTORS

People, social movements

REPRESSION TOLL

The Haitian people have taken to the streets of the main cities for months, demanding action against corruption and social policies in what is the poorest country in the hemisphere. Fuel shortages breathed new life into the mobilizations, demanding the resignation of president Jovenel Moise at the cost of dozens of deaths.

HONDURAS

Out with JOH!

CAUSES

Corruption, human rights violations, drug trafficking

POPULAR DEMANDS

JOH’s resignation, social rights

MAIN ACTORS

Opposition parties, unions, social movements

REPRESSION TOLL

The streets of Honduras have seen constant protests in the past few months. Political parties, unions and movements have demonstrated against state violence, fought for their rights, and demanded the resignation of Juan Orlando Hernández, who was re-elected in 2017 in fraudulent elections and has ties to drug trafficking.

PUERTO RICO

Out with ‘Ricky’!

CAUSES

Telegramgate, corruption

POPULAR DEMANDS

Governor resignation

MAIN ACTORS

People, celebrities

REPRESSION TOLL

The leaks of Telegram chats where governor Ricardo “Ricky” Rosselló and other government figures made fun of the victims of hurricane María led to a massive wave of protests in the streets of San Juan. Even celebrities such as Ricky Martin and Residente joined the movement which ultimately forced the resignation of Rosselló.

ECUADOR

Down with the ‘paquetazo’!

CAUSES

Neoliberal package, fuel price hikes

POPULAR DEMANDS

 Repealing the measures

MAIN ACTORS

CONAIE

REPRESSION TOLL

Lenin Moreno’s attempts to implement a set of neoliberal measures recommended by the IMF were met with a popular insurrection led by indigenous movements. The response forced the government to flee the capital and later withdraw the measures (for now).

CHILE

Chile rising up!

CAUSES

 Inequality, utility costs, privatizations

POPULAR DEMANDS

Piñera’s resignation, Constituent Assembly

MAIN ACTORS

Students, trade unions, Mapuche movements

REPRESSION TOLL

A 30 peso fare increase in the Santiago metro tore the veil of 30 years of growing inequality. The Chilean people have staged the largest protests since the end of Pinochet’s dictatorship, forcing concessions from the government. In spite of brutal repression, people remain out on the streets demanding Piñera’s resignation and a constituent assembly.

PANAMA

¡Abajo la reforma!

CAUSES

Constitutional reform, corruption

POPULAR DEMANDS

Constituent Assembly

MAIN ACTORS

Student movements, trade unions

REPRESSION TOLL

Panamanian student movements and trade unions took to the streets against a constitutional reform proposal pushed by the government. Although the government backtracked and opened a dialogue process, the movements insist on a constituent process from below.

COLOMBIA

Strike!

CAUSES

Inequality, corruption, assassination of social leaders

POPULAR DEMANDS

Withdrawing labor and pension reforms, enforcing peace accords

MAIN ACTORS

Trade unions, student movements

REPRESSION TOLL

Ivan Duque’s government, Washington’s main ally in the region, is threatened by a popular mobilization that has led to three national strikes in two weeks. Trade unions and student movements are protesting against inequality and corruption, while demanding an end to assassinations of social leaders.

BOLIVIA

Down with the coup!

CAUSES

Fascist coup, repression

POPULAR DEMANDS

Reverting the coup, justice for victims, Evo Morales’ return

MAIN ACTORS

Trade unions, indigenous movements

REPRESSION TOLL

The Bolivian people have gone out on the streets to oppose the racist and fascist coup that unleashed a wave of violence and repression in the wake of Evo Morales’ forced resignation. The US-backed coup administration is looking to consolidate while social movements demand justice and prepare for the battles ahead.

We called on our community to design posters to encapsulate the messages from the different protests which have shaken the region throughout the year. At Utopix we usually work via these kinds of challenges, so as to constantly revise the meaning and relevance of visual discourses in the face of the struggles around the world.

The Latin America against Neoliberalism challenge resulted in 13 posters by 10 different artists from our community. They are all available for you to download them, spread them on social media and plaster them on walls (click on the images to download)

BoliviaOdio
BoliviaKalaka
ChileDazazás
ChileMiguel Guerra
ColombiaMosquera
ColombiaDuque
Ecuador Tremarias
Haiti – Val
Haiti – Coraspe
Haiti Duque
Haiti – Duque
HondurasKael
Panama – Kael

Texts: Ricardo Vaz

Infographic: Kael Abello

Posters: Edio Gutierrez, Pablo Kalaka, Dazazas, Miguel Guerra, Cesar Mosquera, Daniel Duque, Deisa Tremarias, Valentina Aguirre, Oscar Coraspe y Kael Abello


Sources: Ecuadorian Ombudsman’s Office, Bolivian Ombudsman’s Office and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

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