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Holding street protests to strengthen democratic rule is new in Latin America. In the past, demonstrations have targeted dictatorial governments. Now, in nearly every case, the executive has agreed to open a dialogue with the marchers. The protests are a sign of the new vitality of democracy in the region as well as evidence of new social inclusion.
Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
Chile’s economy is booming on the back of its valuable copper exports as a presidential poll approaches. But few of its prosperous middle classes have any concept of the struggle for democracy in the 1980s and many of its young people are seeking reforms to income inequality, higher education and public services. One of two women election candidates will be given t...