Social Movements in Chile Fend Off Far Right Threat With Gabriel Boric’s Victory

Former student activist and leftist Gabriel Boric will become Chile’s youngest president after easily defeating the far-right candidate José Antonio Kast with over 55% of the vote. Boric has pledged to fight for social reforms and to overhaul the neoliberal economic policies of the U.S.-backed dictatorship led by General Augusto Pinochet. We speak with Chilean writer Pablo Abufom and feminist activist Javiera Manzi, who say Boric’s victory signals an opening for progressive policy in Chile and Latin America more broadly.

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