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Why Uruguayans Are in the Streets

October 23, 2019

Uruguay, too?

Scenes of an estimated 55,000 people marching through Montevideo on Oct. 22 caused some to ask if the country would become Latin America's latest example of social unrest, following mass protests in Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador.

The short answer is no, not really.

“This is a fairly normal expression from the left,” Uruguayan researcher Nicolás Saldías, of the Wilson Center, told AQ. “It shows that Uruguayan democracy is pretty mature.”

Whereas citizens elsewhere in the region protested their governments, Uruguay’s protests were against a...

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