Young Communist Leads Chile’s Student Revolutionaries

Student riots and protests are rocking Chile, one of the very few remaining non-Marxist led countries remaining in Latin America.

Who is leading these  actions?

According to the Communist Party USA‘s Peoples World:

Camila Vallejo Dowling

Camila Vallejo Dowling, 23, a geography student at the University of Chile and president of the Student Federation of the same university (FECH), has become the most popular and inspiring leader of the current and massive student movement that have brought to its knees, for the last 3 months, Sebastián Piñera’s right wing government.

Even opinion polls carried out by media supporters of the current government can’t ignore the truth; Camilla is the most popular activist/politician in Chile with nearly 70% approval. Clearly she is not the only leader that fights for the cause of education in Chile, as it is really a whole generation of eloquent, savvy and dedicated youth, but Camila has become the most visible face of this, thus far, peaceful rebellion.

Camila Vallejo, a card carrying member of the Young Communist League of Chile (J.J.C.C), daughter of Communist Party members who fought against the repressive regime of Augusto Pinochet, has attracted international media attention for her youth, her beauty and eloquence, but more importantly for the clarity and accessibility of her policy proposals and the strong resistance to the counter proposals driven by the government that have failed to illicit support from the public…

On August 21, 2011, students mobilized nearly a million people in Santiago and the government is by most accounts simply desperate, with no clear solution to a set of demands that strike at the heart of the social inequality and unequal distribution that is affecting even the middle class in Chile and that has persisted in Chile uninterrupted since the fall of Pinochet’s dictatorship and the return to a controlled democracy, all this in spite of record economic growth.

What started as a general call for better education has turned into a PR nightmare for a government convinced that with the previous miners rescue it had persuaded the general population that the country was heading in the right direction. The reality has proven radically different with an ongoing hunger strike and a call by the largest worker’s group in Chile for a massive general strike for this upcoming week. Nobody knows the outcome of the protests but everyone knows that Chile has changed forever.

Chile has narrowly escaped communist takeover on several occasions.

Will it dodge yet another bullet? Let us all hope so.


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7 thoughts on “Young Communist Leads Chile’s Student Revolutionaries

  1. I know the future of Chile and it is one of death, despair, memories of freedom past and cruel tyranny…the economic growth and freedoms of Chile will be crushed by the likes of Ms. Vellejo…sad, Chile had it all, now it ail own misery..

  2. bodyHello,
    Thank you for writing the story about Camila Vallejo Dowling. As a members of JJCC (CH) (Juventudes Comunistas de Chile) we are excited and pleased to see so much media attention given to our fellow JJCC commrade Camila Vallejo. Camila Vallejo is not the only JJCC member that has received threats and as members of JJCC we also receive threats and persecution from the government and police. Please help us spread the word.

    Thank you,
    Raula Ñino

  3. What is with these people who join communist causes and ideals? Don’t they know that in every single instance of communism wherever in the world it was implemented, that millions have been murdered, butchered, imprisoned? Are the youth that indocrinated and brainwashed that they do not have the capacity or foresight to look to history but react to feelings and propaganda? Well, maybe I just answered my own questions.

    1. If you replace the word communist with capitalist then what you wrote is true.

      You need to read a bit of history and get acquainted with who the bad guys really are.

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