Protest criminalised, direct action equated with terrorism: it’s starting to feel like the bad old days of Pinochet“We’re at war against a powerful enemy,” declared President Sebastián Piñera live on Sunday night TV from the Chilean army headquarters. “Democracy not only has the right but the duty to defend itself using all instruments … and the rule of law to fight those who would destroy it.” You may be forgiven for thinking Chilean democracy is besieged by some terrifying force: a foreign army, or even an invader from outer space. Nothing could be further from the truth. Piñera’s statement is doublethink: a lie travelling the world while truth is still putting on its boots.

Piñera then did what they all do. – Tthe Trumps, the Bolsonaros, the Johnsons of this world. He stamped his authority

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