The role of the TPP-11 in protests across Chile

October 23, 2019: A new article from Luciana Ghiotto, a researcher at CONICET and a contributor to the Transnational Institute, has identified how the public movement against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP-11) has contributed to this week’s nationwide protests, which have resulted in government repression and declaration of martial law.

Chile signed the TPP-11 agreement in March 2018, but despite being the country with the the most Free Trade Agreements, the ratification process has been marred by public opposition. There have been strong protests against the agreement, resulting in Parliamentary inquiries which have been successful in delaying the ratification for 10 months. A people’s plebiscite organised by social movements, resulted in more than 580,000 Chileans rejecting the deal.

Ghiotto also highlights the risks facing the protesters. With Chile set to host the APEC summit on November 16-17 and the Conference of the Parties (COP25) on climate change in December, there is significant risk of an escalation of violence to quell the protests.

In this context, Ghiotto argues that it is “imperative that the People’s Summit that will take place parallel to both events be filled with Chileans, but that they also have a strong presence of the organizations and committed academics of the region, in order to show strong solidarity with the process of struggles in Chile.”

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