- Beatrice Murch via Flickr
In this week’s cover story, Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky reported on the upcoming NATO/G8 summit, including police worries over whether they’re prepared to deal with the protests that’ll come with it. It reminded me of the time I spent in Chile several years ago, because if there’s one thing Chileans know, it’s how to protest (consequently, if there’s one thing Chilean police know, it’s how to stop protesters).
Just a couple months after I moved to Santiago in 2004, the city hosted the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, triggering several days of demonstrations—against APEC, but especially against the recently reelected George W. Bush, who was attending. If you think he was unpopular here, you should have heard what they thought of him in Chile. The official slogan of the march was “Fuera Bush, Chile no es una mercancia,” which loosely translates to “Get out, Bush; Chile isn’t a piece of merchandise.”