Monday, 18 June 2012 20:30
Emblematic student leader draws parallels between civil unrest in Mexico and Chile.
Speaking to supporters in Mexico City’s main square on Sunday, Camila Vallejo, Chile’s now-internationally famous student leader, voiced her support for Mexico’s “Yo Soy 132” movement, citing similarities between protests in Mexico and those in Chile.
“We want to salute Mexico’s youth because, like those of us in Chile, they have put up a strong battle — an example of dignity,” Vallejo said
. “What you are doing now is not unlike what we have been doing in Chile.”
The 24-year-old Vallejo was invited to Mexico to participate in the Public Universities in Latin America conference, hosted by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City.
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Originally from Springfield, Missouri, Chris graduated from Tulane University in 2011 where he majored in political science and English and minored in philosophy. Chris is in Santiago as a Fulbright Scholar researching the role that microfinance fulfills in the economy of a middle-income country. He is also taking classes in the MBA program at Universidad Alberto Hurtado. Especially interested in issues that relate to the development process, he plans to earn his doctorate in development studies.