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CIC Toronto: The struggle for democracy and memory in Chile: Marcela Rios Tobar

September 14, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Can a democracy confront the darkest periods of its past to reimagine a more egalitarian future?

Fifty years ago, the socialist presidency of Salvador Allende was overthrown in a brutal coup in Chile. The military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, massively supported by the United States, introduced neoliberal policies that spurred rapid economic growth. Yet it also worsened social inequalities, while severely repressing intellectual freedom, political criticism and social dissent.

How do Chilean citizens address the violations of the military dictatorship and its legacies today? Why was the new constitution, which many citizens believed necessary, widely rejected in the 2022 referendum? What possible futures exist now?

The distinguished scholar, practitioner and activist Marcela Ríos Tobar explores these questions in conversation with Sanjay Ruparelia and Caitlin Andrews-Lee.

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2023
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM EST
Location: Appel Salon, Toronto Public Library (789 Yonge Street)

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September 14, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8 Canada


CIC Toronto Branch