Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal speak with journalist Alina Duarte, who is in Chile reporting on the enormous protests against right-wing billionaire oligarch President Sebastián Piñera. We discuss his neoliberal capitalist policies, growing poverty and inequality, the brutally violent police and military repression of the demonstrations, the regional implications, and the historical echoes of the Pinochet dictatorship.


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Support for Chile’s Pinera lowest for president since Pinochet era: poll“, Reuters, October 27, 2019

Video de cuando Piñera defendía a Pinochet: Discurso de Sebastián Piñera solidarizando fervorosamente con Pinochet durante manifestación de apoyo mientras el dictador estaba arrestado en Londres, Inglaterra”, Diario Uchile, September 5, 2017

The ‘Super-Mustache’ of Nicolás Maduro: The Scapegoat of Neoliberal Elites“, Frederick B. Mills, COHA, October 29, 2019