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Three times in recent history the Latin American left defended vandalism and violence

By Lucas Ribeiro

In recent days, the Latin American left has launched a campaign condemning the acts of vandalism in last Sunday’s invasion of Praça dos Três Poderes in Brasília.

However, would criticisms of violent actions be sincere?

Has the left in Brazil and the rest of the continent understood the importance of preserving public and private heritage, law, and order as it has appeared in recent days?

Or is it just a punctual attitude with political calculations to achieve concrete benefits for the continental revolutionary movement?

Making a brief history of vandalism in Latin America, we see a constant presence of revolutionary sectors in Chile, Colombia, and Brazil to illustrate.

, Three times in recent history the Latin American left defended vandalism and violence
The Chilean and international press treated these young rioters as “idealists” and sought to justify all the vandalism (Photo internet reproduction)

On October 18, 2019, a series of acts of vandalism and depredation occurred in the Santiago de Chile subway.

At that time, various sectors of the international press legitimized the vandalism for a supposedly “good cause”.

Subsequently, calculations were made that considered the costs of depredation of the metro of more than 3 billion dollars.

The Chilean and international press treated these young rioters as “idealists” and sought to justify all the vandalism. The violent actions took place due to an increase in the passage from 800 Chilean pesos to 830 at peak hours (an increase of less than 4% of the passage).

With the rise in these prices, groups of young people, generally identified with the Chilean extreme left, created the revolutionary cultural melting pot to generate a climate to write a new constitution that was very radicalized on the left.

Current president Gabriel Boric was even one of the great political beneficiaries of all this chaos. He, who had extensive experience as president of university student councils, managed to carry out the project of the Chilean extreme left to convene a new constituent.

Recently, Gabriel Boric as president fulfilled his campaign promise to pardon 12 convicted during the “2019 Social Outburst” and a former guerrilla.

I am leaving at least the payment of political gratitude in favor of these revolutionaries in an obvious way.

Regarding the pardon for these violent people, congressman Iván Moreira said: “It was to be imagined, Gabriel Boric rewarding the ‘violentists’ and at the same time Minister Carolina Tohá wanting to end a security agreement.”

“Is there any police or military pardoned? It is just part of the requirements for a government held hostage by the Communist Party. The party of delinquency has begun,” concludes the congressman of the “Chile Vamos” coalition.

Congressman Diego Schalper was in the same line. He said: “President Boric chose a gang of criminals and not the victims, making it clear that he is not interested in recovering security and facing the violence Chile is suffering.”

Interestingly, this same president who pardoned violent people in his country did not hesitate to criticize, in a cynical way, the violent action in Brazil:

“Unpresentable attack on the three powers of the Brazilian State by Bolsonarists. The Brazilian government has our full support in the face of this cowardly and vile attack on democracy.”

Something similar happened in Colombia.

Between 2019 and 2020, a national stoppage with the presence of far-left unions and students generated social chaos.

The “modus operandi” happened within the logic described in the book “Behind the mask” by Flavio Morgenstern, in which radicalized young people are used in search of emotion and as cannon fodder for the left.

This is precisely what happened to the “Primera Linea,” which is a kind of revolutionary praetorian guard composed of radicalized youth and supporters of Gustavo Petro.

Young people are encouraged to confront the police, and when there is a stronger reaction from the security forces, those wounded or dead are used as martyrs in the revolutionary cause.

And when you have a martyr, they start wreaking havoc as a response to police violence. This is how they destroyed bus stations, “Transmilenio” (fast bus lines), and public and private property.

From this social chaos, the government, in turn, weakened, and the way was paved for the presidency of Gustavo Petro in 2022.

When this chaos occurred, the press treated the young destroyers of public and private properties as “revolutionary and idealistic heroes” and not like troublemakers.

And recently, the now president Gustavo Petro pardoned the criminals of these demonstrations and even cynically named these troublemakers as “peace managers”.

And finally, another example of the use of violence and vandalism by the left is in Brazil itself. In 2016 and 2017, several protests were against then-president Michel Temer, many of them with violence.

Protesters caused depredation in several ministries, such as Planning, Culture, and Agriculture.

The political groups linked to these vandalisms were related to the PT, PCdob, PSOL, and other radical left parties (which called for the protests).

At that time, Globo did not call these political activists “terrorists”. Even the term used by Globo in a report to describe those who plundered public property is “protesters”.

Therefore, this conversion of the Brazilian left into a lover of private property and a defender of law and order is just a political convenience at the moment that is entirely dissonant with its political practice guided by the use of force when convenient.

With information from Brasil Sem Medo

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