One’s Own Death As A Tool For Struggle

Human Wrongs Watch | Presenzza

By Pía Figueroa*

Credit: Equipo Base Newen

Many are those who throughout history have not found a way out the conflicts imposed by the conditions of social injustice, and have resorted to self-immolation as a form of denunciation and struggle. With their own suicide they seek to awaken in others a sense of solidarity with the powerless, to open the way for the collective modification of the conditions of oppression.

Santiago, 29/06/11 When many people attempt suicide – or represent it in a playful and dramatic way in the street – they are denouncing a system that continues to close the future of a whole generation.

And this seems to be the register of Chilean students who demonstrated last night on the pedestrian streets of downtown Santiago with a non-violent flashmob type action to raise awareness of the mounting desperation that invades the daily conditions in Chilean education.

For 15 minutes a large group of high school and college students on the Paseo Ahumada, between Alameda and Huérfanos, simulated a collective suicide to denounce the lack of future that they felt with the education system, and demanding reforms to education nationally.

As part of the mobilization against the educational system, this action attracted wide attention of the pedestrians who at that time were leaving their jobs and returning home to escape the cold of the city.

*Pía Figueroa, Director Pressenza

2011 Human Wrongs Watch – Published in agreement with Pressenza —

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