Cacerolazos Add Latin Flavour to Student Protests

10 Aug

For the sixth consecutive night the streets of Santiago resonated with the sounds of a distinctly Latin American form of protest.

Photo: simenon / Flickr

Last night they where at it again. Thousands of people gathered in the plazas across the country. Groups of people roamed suburban streets. Some leaned from their balconies.

Armed with kitchen pots and spoons they beat a steady rhythm, accompanied by whistles, bongos and the horns of passing traffic.

The cacerolazos have been banging their kitchenware since last Thursday, answering a call by student leader Camila Vallejo to revive a form of protest that originated in Chile in 1970s.

Beginning as a street protest during the tumultuous period under marxist President Salvador Allende (1970-1973), cacerolazos were a common form of dissent under the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990), when people who openly protested ‘disappeared.’ During the dictatorship, peopled preform caserolazos from their houses, without being incriminated.

Video: uploaded by claudioluzmp.


2 Responses to “Cacerolazos Add Latin Flavour to Student Protests”

  1. kurt August 15, 2011 at 14:02 #

    What?! Not titling this story, “Cacerolazos: Just Like Momma Used to do it.” is a crime. Or, failing that, “ChefboyarFREE education”

    • Joe Hinchliffe August 16, 2011 at 16:04 #

      You had your chance Hoberg. Gonna have to sharper your puns my young apprentice.

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