Latin America is on fire! Literally.
Almost all right-wing government representatives in that region are currently facing loud protests from millions of people who simply can no longer stand government policies.
After criticizing countries like Venezuela for their approach to violent protesters who — in many cases— committed crimes as horrendous as lynching people, burning Chavistas alive and creating lines to behead motorcycle riders, the governments of the "Lima Group" are repressing protests using methods that are so violent they could teach Maduro a thing or two about brutality.
The following is a summary of the situation in Latin America. The face of the coin that the media isn't really trying —or wanting— to show.
The people of Chile have not stopped protesting and gathered more than one million people in a peaceful march demanding President Piñera's resignation.
In exchange, Piñera said he would not resign and tried to calm the moods by firing his government cabinet. The people did not settle down. The protests continued, and millions of Chileans have keep protesting, marching and making public statements demanding for his resignation.
According to Chile's National Institute for Human Rights, 132 cases of torture, 18 rapes or sexual aggressions, 4316 arrests, 1574 injuries, and at least 20 deaths have been confirmed and recorded —numbers updated until the first of november.
To know more about what is happening in Chile, check out this article
Protests began after President Lenin Moreno announced that he would obey IMF orders and eliminate fuel subsidies and impose other measures that would serioulsy degrade the people's quality of life.
The protests were so strong that Lenin Moreno moved from Quito to Guayaquil to protect himself from the people's reactions.
Lenin Moreno's regime imposed strong media and political censorship. "Spongebob Squarepants" was a trending topic on Twitter as it was the most broadcasted program by one of the leading Ecuadorian media just while the country was burning with hundreds of protests and brutal government repression. This enrage the people who throwed Molotov bombs to the channel, accusing it of "hiding the truth"
While Ecuadorians watched Spongebob, Lenin Moreno was dealing with protests that accounted for seven dead, 1,152 people arrested and 1,340 injured last month
Although the movement dropped in intensity after Lenin replaced the decree proposed by the IMF, the conflict continued, and just a couple of days ago, a group of indigenous people reported the murder of another social leader as a result of the brutal repression exercised by Lenin Moreno.
Moreno's conduct was praised by OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro who said:
"Definitely, the way in which he has done it, the way in which he has redirected the social and political situation of the country, is worthy of the highest praise on our part."
Honduras has all the elements of a real-life B film. President Juan Orlando Hernandez was accused of having ties with one of the country's largest drug trafficking networks.
In his opening statement in federal court in Manhattan, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Richman said that "Tony" Hernandez —the president's brother— personally received a 1 Million dollar bribe for his brother, the president, from the Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
This scandal escalated and peaked a few days ago when Magdaleno Meza, a key witness in the case against Juan Orlando Hernandez, was killed by a group of prisoners inside a maximum-security prison, under heavy police and military protection... and the video got leaked.
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The same security officers in charge of guarding Meza allowed a group of prisoners armed with guns and knives to enter the guarded corridor he was in. After that, they retreat to give the inmates a free pass to a massacre that no one would believe had it not been filtered.
Under the complacent gaze of the OAS, it appears that those charged with framing President Hernandez have been dying one by one: Just a few days ago, Alfredo Cantero, Presidential Commissioner for Transparency, was found dead in his apartment. Presumably by suicide
Of course, there have been massive protests in the country, demanding the president's resignation, who is accused of being a "narco dictator" but the military forces have been able to repress the protesters.
Peru, the host country of the Lima Group, is a notable example of historical corruption. Lets take a look at its last presidents and evaluate their fate:
Alan Garcia Perez: To avoid arrest after his involvement in the Petrobras corruption scandal, this former Peruvian president shot himself during a raid on his home by the police.
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Godard: This president also participated in the Petrobras corruption scandals but did not commit suicide. He was charged and is currently under house arrest.
Martín Alberto Vizcarra Cornejo: This President deserves a role in Game of Thrones. Faced with a series of power struggles and corruption scandals, the Peruvian Congress decided to depose this man and appoint Mercedes Arraoz as president in charge, following the same script as Venezuela's Juan Guaidó.
But just when Vizcarra found out about Congress' plans, he decided to dissolve Congress!
Other riots, motivated by the anger caused by other deliberate actions by the government, such as the granting of mining concessions, are currently taking place, but the government has been quick to repress those movemets.
Colombia is a country sharply divided by ideological currents. On the one hand, the right-wing, represented by the Uribism —a movement led by Alvaro Uribe, with a strong political presence and ovement that follows Uribe's ideals and represented by the paramilitaries as its most extreme wing— seeks to maintain a power that for years they have managed to concentrate while the forces of the left wing (represented by several different currents) are now trying to balance the equation.
Recently, a series of corruption scandals have unleashed the annoyance of the colombian students. Young Colombians have been raising their voices for months against a system they have described as unsustainable under the complacent gaze of a government that protects these corrupt officials.
Students have reported cases of police brutality that the media have quickly silenced (primarily because of Uribe's control over the press, radio, and television).
In the last few days, there were general elections in which Uribism was strongly defeated. However, in some regions, a group of Colombians have reported cases of corruption and complained about the results.
One example is the department of Nechi, where right-wing candidate Marcos Javier Madera won a controversial election. The people rejected this announcement and burned down the mayor's office. In response, the major militarized the city indefinitely
Also, during 2019 alone, at least 155 social leaders have been murdered, 59 of which were killed only in the first three months of the year. If we count starting on 2016, the numbers go up at least to 777 social leaders and HHRR advocates killed.
The government of Panama is facing the annoyance of people who oppose a project of a constitutional reform promoted by the government to be approved without the support of the people.
The protests have triggered a strong response from the government, which has already detained at least 35 people, including underage children
Journalist Hugo Vera shows how police forces arrested a group of young people, locked them in a truck, and then emptied several bottles of pepper spray inside.
This practice has also been carried out by the police inside the classrooms of the University of Panama
Similarly, there is evidence of police shooting at protestors