Student leader, activist and communist Camila Vallejo, who became the face of a populist uprising calling for a free and quality education for all, was elected to a seat in Chile’s Congress on Sunday.
Ahead of the election results, the 25-year-old told the UK’s Observer that the movement that began in 2011 was key in breaking “the cultural hegemony of the neoliberal model imposed on Chile during the military dictatorship,” and said, “The rightwing is in intensive care. You can see it in the polls and in the streets.”
In addition to Vallejo, three others who helped lead the student uprising were elected to Congress: fellow communist Karol Cariola, Giorgio Jackson of the Democratic Revolution, and Gabriel Boric, representing the Autonomous Left.
Cariola told CNN Chile that more than a victory for the student movement it was a victory for the social movement they had worked for.
Jackson also said that their electoral success marked “very good news for social movements.”
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