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Issue No:82
  • :0973–1121
  • :February
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.82, February 2019

 

Chile / Constitution

No More Blood and Fire

For the first time in Chile, a new type of autonomous social movement, including fishworker organizations, seeks to create a democratic and representative constitution


This article is by Juan Carlos Cárdenas Núñez (jcc@ecoceanos.cl), Director of Ecocéanos, Santiago, Chile


Three major organizations in Chile have rejected the Social Agenda for Artisanal Fishers that President Sebastián Piñera’s government had proposed. (The proposal is called ‘Agenda social para los pescadores artesanales’ in Spanish.) The three organizations—the Consejo Nacional por la Defensa del Patrimonio Pesquero (Condepp), the Confederación de Federaciones de Pescadores Artesanales de Chile (Confepach), and the Red Nacional de Mujeres de la Pesca Artesanal de Chile—together represent 80 per cent of the artisanal fishers in the South American country.

They said the proposal is characterized by clientalism, neither enabling a move “towards a politically just and socially equitable system,” nor creating structural changes in the contested neoliberal political-economy context. Chile is experiencing its worst crisis since the ‘imposition of blood and fire’ in the mid-1970s under the civic-military dictatorship of General Augusto...

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