After weeks of unrest in Chile, Sebastián Piñera’s government has finally agreed to a process of constitutional reform. It’s a historic opportunity, won by millions of Chileans taking to the streets, to step out from the long shadow of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.
Víctor Orellana is director of Fundación Nodo XXI, a left-wing think tank dedicated to political thought and research. He was the spokesperson for Frente Amplio's educational program during the 2017 presidential elections.
The mass protests that have rocked Chile this month declare a new popular movement, emerging from the ruins of a broken system. The country’s new left force, the Frente Amplio, must seize on the people’s demands for radical transformation, from the ground up.