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Why We Protest, In Case You Were Wondering

December 19, 2019

Chile was a reference point for Brazil long before “Chicago Boy” Paulo Guedes became Jair Bolsonaro’s minister for the economy.

We watched with envy as, year after year, Chile topped the regional development rankings. Many Brazilians, myself included, marveled at the universities and clean streets, the functioning public transportation system, museums and churches – lately, even Chilean soccer started to look appealing. Many looked up, I’m sorry to say, to the Chilean skin tone – a perfect “racial beauty,” not so fair as the Argentines, not so dark as Bolivians. (We have this habit...

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