[Colombia is the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist. According to United Nations figures close to 3,000 trade unionists have been killed since 1986. Human rights defenders are also regularly attacked. 37 human rights defenders were killed in the first six months of 2013. State authorities are directly involved in many of these killings.]
[This is a tribute to the process begun by Chile's democratically-elected president Salvador Allende in 1970, cut short by military intervention and US interference. Most of us know what followed under the dictatorship of General Pinochet.]
[With the 40th anniversary of the coup d’état of 11 September 1973 that overthrew president Salvador Allende of Chile and the Popular Unity (Unidad Popular) government he headed, we have compiled a selection of links we feel are worth chcking out on this subject. We'll be adding to the list in the coming days. If you've read or seen something that you think we should include in this list, please get in touch: info [at] alborada [dot] net.]
[Class relations in upwardly mobile Brazil come to the forefront in writer/director Kleber Mendonça Filho’s precise and promising first feature film. Premiering at last year’s Rotterdam Film Festival, O Som Ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) takes place in an upper-middle class neighbourhood in Recife, Brazil’s fifth-largest city, as well as the director’s hometown.]
Alborada e-news: September 2013
We hope you are all well. Our September e-news will inform you about our activities, as well as the latest information related to Latin America.
Wednesday 11 September 2013 - Pablo Navarrete
40 year ago today, a noble experiment to bring dignity to Chile's democracy was drowned in blood. The main perpetrator was US imperialism, who using its henchmen in Chile brutally butchered the social justice and hope that Salvador Allende's Unidad Popular had birthed. But demands for justice can never be truly extinguished, and they are once again on the march in Chile, perhaps most notably amongst the student movement, who are refusing to accept the dictatorship's economic model, still largely in place after more than 23 years since formal democracy returned. Today we should remember all the victims of Chile's 9/11, but also celebrate the resilience of the ideals that Allende and all those that supported Unidad Popular fought for.
[Indigenous representatives gathered from across Guatemala on August 9 in a local school in the municipality of Totonicapán demanding that the state honor their rights to self determination. This event, convened by the 48 Cantones of Totonicapán, was one of 25 acts of protest nationwide, including road blockades at strategic points throughout the country marking International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.]
[While the warm relationship of Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government towards Pinochet’s Chile is well known: the Heath government’s support for the coup and Pinochet’s regime is perhaps less so. The British response to the coup in September 1973 is worth recollecting as the 40th anniversary comes around, not merely because 40 years have passed, but because it so clearly unmasks both the underlying motivations that dictate British foreign policy, and the blatant disparity between public pronouncements and the documentary record.]
[As the media stopped paying attention, many believe that the Zapatista rebellion no longer exists. Quietly, away from the spotlight and cameras, they have deepened their autonomous construction to the point that one can now speak of a different society, governed by rules, codes, and laws distinct from those of the mainstream world.]
[On the fortieth anniversary of the coup, tributes will be paid across Chile to the victims. It will be a time of reflection, not only for what happened, but for what is still happening in the country, as the balance of power remains tilted towards a wealthy minority.]