Author Archives: Brandi A. Townsend

100,000 Students March in Chile’s Second (and largest) Protest of the Year

Yesterday, Wedensday, May 16, 100,000 students and supporters marched in Santiago in the protest organized by the Confederation of University Students of Chile (Confech). Confech spokesperson  and president of the Student Federation of the Universidad de Chile (FECh) Gabriel Boric … Continue reading

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Student Protests and Pinochet’s Will: Public and Private Memory of Neoliberalism

On Wednesday, April 25, two important and interrelated events occurred in Chile: the former dictator Augusto Pinochet Ugarte’s revised last will and testament was opened, and around 60,000 students marched in protest of the economical and social disadvantages ingrained in … Continue reading

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Opening of Pinochet’s Revised Will Does not Reveal Hidden Fortune

The revised last will and testament of Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, dictator of Chile from 1973-1990, did not reveal the heirs to the millions that he likely embezzled from the state, nor more information on bank accounts or assets. A study … Continue reading

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Daniel Zamudio’s Attackers Face Homicide Charges

Great news for the family of Daniel Zamudio, a young Chilean man who was brutally attacked in a Santiago park on March 3 only for being gay and died on March 27.   His four assailants now face second-degree murder charges.

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Letter from Imprisoned Torturer, Murderer Reaching out to Piñera Intercepted

A former agent of Chile’s National Information Office (Central Nacional de Informaciones – CNI) attempted to send a letter to President Sebastián Piñera  that offered his help so that former president Michelle Bachelet would not return to the presidency.  In … Continue reading

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Chilean Senate Rejects Motions to Decriminalize Therapeutic Abortion

Last night, during their fourth session discussing a woman’s right to have an abortion in cases of a threat to the mother’s life or severe malformation of the fetus, the Chilean Senate voted 18-15 to reject the three motions that … Continue reading

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Homophobia is not just a Neo-Nazi Problem

At a march on Friday, March 30, honoring Daniel Zamudio’s memory, I saw a young man holding a sign that said, “Casi fui un Zamudio.” (I was almost a Zamudio.)  The sign also showed a picture of him with blood … Continue reading

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Daniel Zamudio Pronounced Dead 7:45 pm

Daniel Zamudio, the 24-year-old Chilean man beaten on March 3 only for being gay, was pronounced dead at 7:45 pm (6:45 pm EST) today.  Doctors performed a test this afternoon that confirmed cerebral failure and soon after, Zamudio died. Earlier … Continue reading

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Neo-Nazism, Homophobia, and Machismo in Chile: The Daniel Zamudio Case

Daniel Zamudio, a 24-year-old Chilean man, continues to be in critical condition more than twenty-five days after being beaten by four men, including at least one neo-Nazi—only because he is gay.  There have been conflicting reports over the past few … Continue reading

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Criminalization of Abortion in Chile: Pinochet’s Patriarchal Legacy

After calling a special session to decide whether or not to begin the process of decriminalizing therapeutic abortion, last night the Chilean Senate postponed its decision until April’s general session.  Opponents argue that legalizing therapeutic abortion—terminating a pregnancy when it … Continue reading

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