El Jaguar (2019)

(...)Oh yes mantle of my stars;
the night speaks to you before succumbing to the day, the great battles lost, the grass of ancient clans and tribes tracing through our courses the heart of the paths of the heart and your touched meadows.

Extract from the poem “Los nuevos pueblos”, Raúl Zurita.

In the 1990s, the Chilean media referred to the country as "The Jaguar of Latin America," reflecting the arguments of the political and business class after the military dictatorship, which turned Chile into a laboratory for economic policies. However, a large portion of the Chilean population continues to suffer from an unequal system. Between October 2019 and March 2020, a series of demonstrations and riots took place to demand improvements in healthcare, education, and pensions, among other things. The violence resulted in the deaths of 33 people and left thousands injured, in addition to dozens of complaints of human rights violations. The riots led to a referendum for the drafting of a new Constitution that would replace the current one, written during the dictatorship. However, the text presented in September 2022 was rejected by the electorate, so the process is still ongoing today.