Chilean activist Camila Vallejo praises “Yo Soy 132” in Mexico
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.
Like Chile, Mexico has been host to many political protests in the past several months including the largely-student led “Yo Soy 132,” which has very visibly called for better media governance and greater political transparency in the country. Vallejo’s speech attracted many students from the “Yo Soy 132” movement.
“You are setting a great example that we have met with affection, an example of responsibility,” Vallejo said Sunday. “You have cast doubt on the role of the media in your country, but you are also questioning the society you live in and its approach to politics.”
Vallejo ended her speech with a call for solidarity and resilience.
“To achieve the transformations we need, it is most important for us to maintain our transversality and unity despite our differences,” she said. “This requires a long battle, a struggle not simply for the moment, but beyond it.”