Around Latin America

-Chile finally closed the file on Salvador Allende’s death this week after a ruling in July of this year found that Allende had committed suicide (rather than dying at the hands of soldiers who overthrew him on September 11, 1973).

-A Brazilian magazine has published the names of 223 men who tortured Brazilian civilians during the military regime of 1964-1985.  The Brazilian National Library’s Journal of History released the names, based on a document from secret police files. The list had originally been published in a limited run in 1978 by the magazine Em Tempo, which faced two reprisals from anonymous sources after its publication. (I’ll have more on the legacies of torture and Brazil’s recent establishment of a Truth Commission tomorrow.)

-If Colombia had its lowest murder rates in 26 years this year, Venezuela had a record high of 19,336 murders this year, making it the highest murder total in South America. In Central America, El Salvador also saw its highest total number of violent deaths since 1992, when the country signed peace accords that ended a twelve-year civil war.

A second Chilean Minister of Education has resigned in the face of ongoing student protests and mobilizations against the educational policies of the Piñera administration. Felipe Bulnes stepped down just six months after taking over for Joaquín Lavín, who also left as student protests increased earlier this year.

-Jamaica’s opposition party, led by Portia Simpson Miller, won the country’s election, an election that gay rights activists said had been marred by homophobic rhetoric.

-A forest fire in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park has forced tourists out and president Sebastián Piñera to declare a state of emergency, as 5700 hectares have already burned.

-Mexican officials have annulled the outcome of the mayoral election in the state of Morelia after it became clear that Juan Manuel Marquez, who fought Manny Pacquiao in November, wore the colors of the Institutional Revolutionary Party on his shorts, in violation of electoral laws in Mexico. Marquez lost the controversial fight by decision.

About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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