By Mauricio Saavedra, 1 July 2020
Three mineworkers have died in the giant state-owned mining corporation Codelco, and some 2,528 are infected, according to the official figures of the Ministry of Mining.
Chile’s health minister resigns as disastrous policies lead to explosion in coronavirus infections and deaths
By Mauricio Saavedra, 19 June 2020
A media investigation revealed that the government was providing the World Health Organization a coronavirus body count that was almost double that given to the general public.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 5 June 2020
The loss of life is the outcome of decades of pro-corporate policies that have led to a chronically underfunded health system, now on the verge of collapse and extreme poverty.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 22 May 2020
The ultra-right government of Sebastian Piñera has responded to an outbreak of hunger protests across Chile with repression and mass arrests
By Mauricio Saavedra, 16 May 2020
Ultra-right President Sebastian Piñera has responded to the pandemic, and signs of growing popular resistance, by increasing repressive powers in Chile.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 6 May 2020
The push to reopen schools is part of the back-to-work campaign waged by the ultra-right Piñera government in complete disregard of the costs in terms of sickness and death.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 15 April 2020
It is the policy of sustained socio-economic shock therapy initiated under Pinochet that lay the groundwork for incalculable loss of life today
By Mauricio Saavedra, 25 March 2020
Far from fighting the coronavirus, the measure is aimed at militarizing Chile in the face of the mass demonstrations and strikes that have rocked the country.
Renewed protests in Chile; Michigan delivery drivers strike over healthcare
10 March 2020
Thousands participated against austerity, inequality and repression in Chile while Teamster delivery drivers manned pickets in Monroe, Michigan
By Andrea Lobo, 7 February 2020
The demonstrations last week, as well as the ongoing walkouts at high schools signal a still latent social explosion.
By Andrea Lobo, 27 November 2019
The trade unions are using intermittent strikes to wear down the social upsurge, just as they have done in betraying every major class action since the Pinochet dictatorship.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 25 November 2019
In the midst of its deepest political crisis, Peru’s economic indicators have dropped sharply and the class struggle is heating up.
By Andrea Lobo, 19 November 2019
The proposal for a referendum is an effort by the political establishment to channel protests behind Chilean capitalism without making any real concessions on social questions.
By Andrea Lobo, 8 November 2019
The PTR, while rhetorically glorifying the spontaneity of the protests, has worked to channel them behind the Stalinist PCCH and the Broad Front.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2019
The US president voiced support for the Chilean government’s attempt to “restore order” after it was forced to call off the APEC summit scheduled in Santiago.
By our reporters, 29 October 2019
Reflecting the sentiments of many, Carlos, a musician, said the “battle between the rich and poor has always been a huge feature of Chilean struggle.”
By Eric London, 26 October 2019
The floodtide of international working class struggle rose higher as half the adult population of Chile demonstrated against inequality and state violence.
By Andrea Lobo, 23 October 2019
The military-police crackdown on protests in Chile is only one of the most shocking expressions of the global turn toward dictatorship by governments throughout the world.
By Eric London, 22 October 2019
Tens of thousands of workers declared strike action in response to a military crackdown resembling the military coup of 1973.
By Andrea Lobo, 21 October 2019
The imposition of dictatorial measures by the Chilean ruling class exposes the sham “transition to democracy” political and military set-up under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.
By Andrea Lobo, 19 July 2019
The SIL union unilaterally imposed an agreement which achieved none of workers’ demands.
By Andrea Lobo, 16 July 2019
Entering their second and seventh weeks of strike respectively, workers at Walmart and teachers are part of a resurgence of the class struggle across Latin America.
By Andrea Lobo, 11 July 2019
The walkout is in response to mass firings and the expansion of a “multifunctional” work regime for the remaining workers.
By Andrea Lobo, 2 July 2019
The trade union bureaucracy led by the Chilean Workers United Center and its pseudo-left apologists are working to divide and end the strike movement.
By Rafael Azul, 21 June 2019
Last Tuesday, police attacked striking copper miners at the Chuquicamata mine in Chile.
By Navin Dewage and Peter Symonds, 18 April 2019
Amid a slowing economy and growing signs of working class unrest, Beijing is using its police state apparatus to clamp down on opposition.
By Andrea Lobo, 22 December 2018
The FA worked alongside its Morenoite satellites and the trade union to isolate the striking workers at a time of growing social unrest in Chile and across the world.
By Cesar Uco, 31 October 2018
Well-armed Carabineros, using tear gas and water cannon, repressed the march organized by the NO + AFP movement last Wednesday in Santiago, Chile.
By Cesar Uco, 27 September 2018
Piñera’s independence day statement came as cases of military assassins and torturers are still being decided by Chile’s courts.
Despite overwhelming strike vote
By Andrea Lobo, 15 August 2018
Against the efforts by the trade unions to isolate miners from a joint struggle across Chile and internationally, workers must form rank-and-file committees to take the fight in their own hands.
By Mike Head, 25 January 2018
The “TPP 11” announcement points to the increasing isolation of the US, and the escalating tensions between the rival capitalist powers.
By Andrea Lobo, 10 January 2018
With only one-fourth of the electorate voting for Piñera, the results reflect overwhelming hostility to the entire establishment and herald a new stage in the political crisis.
By Andrea Lobo, 21 November 2017
Most Chileans refrained from voting, while the billionaire, far-right candidate Sebastián Piñera failed to get the majority he needed to avoid a second round.
By Andrea Lobo, 22 August 2017
Pence compared Trump’s “vision” to that of Theodore Roosevelt, making clear that Washington intends to reassert US hegemony in the region.
By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 11 April 2017
Two million people demonstrated against the for-profit Pension Fund Administrators, a pension scheme adopted under the rule of dictator General Augusto Pinochet.
By James Cogan, 18 March 2017
Despite concerns expressed about protectionism, the most obvious feature of the Chile summit was the manner in which various states pursued their own national trade agendas.
By Cesar Uco, 16 February 2017
The walkout at Escondida, the largest copper mine in the world, follows a similar strike at Las Bambas, neighboring Peru’s largest mine.
By Alexandra del Piano, 6 February 2017
The fires, which have burned over half a million hectares, taken 11 lives and left over 3,000 people homeless, constitute one of the worst disasters in the country’s history.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 1 February 2017
While convicting the ex-military rulers of Peru and Bolivia, the court absolved a confessed Uruguayan torturer residing in Italy, the one defendant it had the power to punish for his crimes.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 July 2016
The prosecution of the general tapped to head the army by former Socialist Party President Roberto Lagos exposes the character of Chile’s so-called democratic transition.
By Cesar Uco, 13 June 2016
Once hailed as the South American capitalist miracle, Chile is facing a sharp economic decline.
By Cesar Uco, 8 December 2015
The exercises took place under conditions in which both Peru and Bolivia have won favorable rulings from the International Court of Justice in territorial disputes with Chile.
By Cesar Uco, 21 September 2015
The 23-day strike saw one worker killed by police and caused around $20 million in losses for the state-owned mining company.
By Cesar Uco, 18 September 2015
Facing charges of corruption, low approval ratings, and a rapid deceleration of the economy, the Bachelet government is acutely aware that a natural disaster can spark social unrest.
By Rafael Azul, 24 July 2015
A Chilean court ordered the arrest of seven military officials complicit in the murder of two teenagers involved in an anti-government protest.
By Alexander Fangmann, 30 May 2015
The trip yielded a variety of trade and investment deals, along with infrastructure initiatives—all aimed at counteracting slowing domestic growth while expanding influence in the region.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2015
The violence that followed the demonstration in Valparaiso is symptomatic of rising political tensions in Chile.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2015
The Chilean court’s ruling makes it clear that the US government was fully complicit in the executions of two young Americans.
By Barry Grey, 3 July 2014
Charles Horman was evidently singled out for elimination because he had detailed information about the direct role of the United States in the coup that overthrew Allende and installed General Pinochet as dictator.
By César Uco, 22 April 2014
The devastated city reports lacking funds to meet pension contributions or even pay its electricity bills.
By Rafael Azul, 17 April 2014
The conditions of life to which people have been reduced on the hills of Valparaiso were a key factor in producing a “perfect conflagration.”
By Rafael Azul, 14 April 2014
High winds and temperatures helped spread a forest fire to populated areas of Valparaiso.
By Rafael Azul, 4 April 2014
Tuesday's 8.2 tremor in Chile exposes a social divide.
By César Uco and Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2014
Last week’s ruling by the International Court of Justice settling a dispute over maritime boundaries between Chile and Peru has failed to quell nationalist tensions between the two countries.
By César Uco and Armando Cruz, 29 January 2014
A sell-out agreement between the government and the union bureaucracy sends workers back to work.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 December 2013
Michelle Bachelet, candidate of the Socialist Party-led New Democracy coalition, won an overwhelming victory, but with 59 percent of the electorate failing to vote.
By Rafael Azul, 26 November 2013
With the intensification of the global economic crisis, a second Bachelet administration will not be a replay of the first.
By Eduardo Ballesteros, 12 October 2013
The Liberal government whip in the New South Wales parliament defended the mass murderer who came to power in 1973.
By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 28 September 2013
Bringing the Chilean Stalinists onto the ex-president’s ticket is aimed at quelling growing social unrest.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 September 2013
The lie that US imperialism is endowed with some global mission to uphold democratic rights was forever refuted by the 1973 coup in Chile.
11 September 2013
September 11 marks 40 years since the bloody coup led by General Augusto Pinochet that crushed the working class in Chile and ushered in 17 years of fascist-military dictatorship. The WSWS is publishing here the statement issued by the International Committee of the Fourth International within days of the coup.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 April 2013
An estimated quarter of a million students joined in demonstrations across Chile to press their demand for free and decent education for all.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2011
A judge in Chile has issued an indictment against a retired US Navy officer in connection with the arrest, torture and murder of two American journalists, Charles Horman and Frank Terrugi, in the wake of the CIA-backed military coup that toppled the government of President Salvador Allende in 1973.
By Luis Arce, 11 October 2011
Using mounted police charges, rubber bullets, teargas and water cannon, the right-wing government of President Sebastián Piñera violently suppressed a student march last Thursday in Chile.
By Luis Arce and Rafael Azul, 16 September 2011
The mass struggles of Chilean students and youth have been accompanied by the promotion of political illusions in the Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende.
By Joseph Kishore, 27 August 2011
Hundreds of thousands of Chilean workers and students took part this week in mass demonstrations and a general strike against social inequality and the privatization of education.
By Rafael Azul, 19 August 2011
Striking university and high school students in Chile are calling for a popular referendum to modify the Chilean Constitution and education laws to insure quality education that is free for all.
By Luis Arce, 12 August 2011
Latin America’s financial markets suffered the most severe losses of any in the world in the “Black Monday” global sell-off that followed the downgrading of US debt.
By Rafael Azul, 1 August 2011
On July 21, 2,375 copper miners at the Escondida copper mine in northern Chile walked out over management’s violation of contract provisions concerning bonuses and hours.
By Luis Arce, 8 July 2011
Chilean students took to the streets to demand the repeal of a Pinochet era education law and an end to the privatization and inequality that it has fostered.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 March 2011
During his visit to Chile, Obama rejected an appeal for an apology for Washington’s role in fomenting a fascist-military coup that plunged the country into 17 years of dictatorship.
By Rafael Azul, 15 December 2010
Prisoners in Northern Chile are on hunger strike to protest overcrowding.
By Rafael Azul, 10 December 2010
The deaths of 81 prisoners in a fire at Chile’s San Miguel Prison on Wednesday was the direct result of repressive policies and overcrowded conditions.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2010
The editorial pages of two of the most prominent newspapers of the US ruling establishment rushed to claim the rescue of the 33 miners in Chile as a triumph for free-market capitalism.
By Rafael Azul, 22 October 2010
More than 300 Chilean workers jobless due to the closure of the San Jose mine, made famous by the recent rescue of 33 trapped miners, have threatened to occupy “Camp Hope” near the mine until they receive severance pay.
By Rafael Azul, 18 October 2010
The collapse of the San Jose gold and copper mine that trapped 33 miners for 10 weeks below ground has focused attention on the safety of operations at Chilean mines.
By Patrick Martin, 14 October 2010
Both the resilience of the miners, trapped underground for 69 days, and the energy and determination of their rescuers, have won well-deserved admiration.
By Rafael Azul, 14 October 2010
Many of the workers rescued from the Chilean mine have long complained bitterly of lax safety.
By Cesar Uco, 3 September 2010
With 33 Chilean miners nearing one month trapped 2,300 feet underground, the human drama of what could prove a four-month ordeal before they are rescued has riveted attention worldwide.
By Rafael Azul, 15 March 2010
Shortly after his March 11 inauguration, President Sebast’an Pi–era extended the state of emergency in central Chile and re-imposed the curfew in the Concepción region.
By Rafael Azul, 8 March 2010
Anger is mounting in Chile over the inadequacy and indifference that have characterized the governmentÕs response to the earthquake of February 27.
By Rafael Azul, 4 March 2010
The death toll in Chile mounted to more than 800, with thousands still classified as missing. Many parts of the earthquake zone have yet to receive any significant quantity of aid.
As death toll from quake, tsunamis mounts
By Patrick Martin, 3 March 2010
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet doubled the number of troops mobilized in the central coastal region devastated by Saturday’s earthquake, as first reports from the hardest-hit areas suggested that the death toll could go much higher than the official total of nearly 800.
By Rafael Azul, 2 March 2010
As the death toll from the massive earthquake has reached 723 and rising, 10,000 soldiers have taken control of Maule and Bío Bío, the two regions most directly affected.
By David Walsh, 2 March 2010
According to the Wall Street Journal, the impact of the Chilean earthquake is a vindication of the fascist dictatorship of General Pinochet.
By Rafael Azul, 1 March 2010
The massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake has left hundreds and perhaps thousands dead. The Chilean government has responded by imposing military rule in parts of the country.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2010
With the victory Sunday of billionaire businessman Sebastián Piñera in Chile’s run-off presidential election, right-wing parties identified with the Pinochet dictatorship are set to return to power for the first time in 20 years.
By Rafael Azul, 18 December 2009
Last Sunday’s presidential elections in Chile took place in the context of increasing social polarization, growing unemployment and a continuing legacy of the dictatorship that ruled the country for 17 years.
By Debra Watson, 25 September 2008
The Judge and the General tells the story of recent efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of horrific acts of political repression committed three decades ago under Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet.
The unquiet death of Charles Horman
By Bill Vann, 17 May 2002
Gunshots rang out once again in Santiago’s National Stadium May 14, nearly 30 years after the Chilean sports facility was turned into a center of torture and execution by a US-backed military junta that overthrew the elected government of President Salvador Allende.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 28 December 2001
For the first time since the return to civilian rule in 1990, the ruling “centre-left” coalition in Chile polled less than half the votes in the December 16 parliamentary elections, allowing former military dictator General Augusto Pinochet’s political heirs to claim that they will return to power after the next elections.
By Perla Astudillo, 15 December 2001
Socialist Party leader Ricardo Lagos, who won the Chilean presidency as the candidate for the ruling Concertacion coalition in early 2000, is facing his first major electoral test in tomorrow’s congressional elections. After entering office with promises of dealing with the crimes of the military and former dictator General Augusto Pinochet, as well as providing better health care and working conditions, Lagos has delivered on none.
By Perla Astudillo, 2 October 2001
The Chilean Socialist Party—President Ricardo Lagos’ faction of the ruling Concertacion coalition—has signed an electoral pact to support Communist Party (PC) candidates in two of its safest seats for the December congressional elections. Under the terms of the August 1 agreement, the withdrawal of the Socialist Party (PS) candidates is likely to see the first PC members elected to the Chamber of Deputies since civilian rule was restored in 1990. In effect, the PC would become part of the ruling coalition for the first time since the Popular Unity government headed by Salvador Allende that was ousted in the 1973 military coup by General Augusto Pinochet.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 14 July 2001
With the Chilean government of President Ricardo Lagos pressing for a halt to the prosecution of former military dictator Augusto Pinochet, the Santiago Appeals Court all but ended his trial this week by suspending the case indefinitely on the pretext of Pinochet’s ill health.
By Perla Astudillo, 5 July 2001
Over 12,000 prisoners throughout Chile went on strike last month in protest over the death of 26 inmates in a fire in a jail in the northern city of Iquique. The strikers were demanding an end to the chronic overcrowding and brutal regime in Chilean jails that led to the Iquique fire.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 12 March 2001
The Santiago Court of Appeals handed former Chilean military dictator General Augusto Pinochet a partial victory last week, dismissing charges of masterminding dozens of murders and kidnappings in the “Caravan of Death” case. He now faces trial only on minor charges of being an accessory, with a maximum penalty of three to five years' house arrest.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 18 March 2000
Augusto Pinochet's recent arrival in Chile after 16 months confinement in Britain has heightened suppressed antagonisms within the country. Victims of the former dictatorship, emboldened by Pinochet's detention, have demanded his prosecution, along with other military officers. On the other side, boosted by Pinochet's release, the former dictatorship's supporters have become more militant.
By Richard Tyler, 27 January 2000
A hearing before the High Court in London opened Wednesday to consider moves by Home Secretary Jack Straw to release the former Chilean dictator, General Augusto Pinochet.
By Richard Tyler, 25 January 2000
Human rights groups are to mount a legal challenge against the British Home Secretary, Jack Straw, to prevent him effectively releasing former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.
Human rights groups attack decision to keep medical evidence secret
By Richard Tyler, 20 January 2000
A Chilean jet arrived in Bermuda Wednesday, ready to fly to Britain and bring former dictator Augusto Pinochet back to Santiago. This is the third occasion since Pinochet's detainment 15 months ago that a medically-equipped plane has set out from Chile to retrieve the ex-military strongman. This time, however, Pinochet and his supporters are more confident the British government will give the green light for him to return home. Last week, British Home Secretary Jack Straw said he was “minded” to halt extradition proceedings against Pinochet on medical grounds.