"Protest and Repression in Latin America"
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Loreto Cox, Associate Professor of Government, Potificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.
Ximena Velasco-Guachalla, Assistant Professor of Government, University of Essex.
Juan Albarracín, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Political Studies, Universidad Icesi in Cali.
Yanilda Gonzalez, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.
Steven Levitsky, Faculty Associate; Harvard Academy Senior Scholar. Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; David Rockefeller Professor of Latin American Studies, Department of Government, Harvard University.
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Latin America experienced a wave of large-scale and often sustained protest between 2018 and 2021. In Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and elsewhere, these protests triggered harsh police or paramilitary repression. How do these responses compare to earlier eras in Latin America? Have decades of democracy and human rights activism had on impact on the behavior of domestic security forces? Are Latin American governments’ commitment to human rights waning?