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Political Protests

Protesting for democracy. Note the illegal electrical lines to 3 houses.
Protesting for democracy. Note the illegal electrical lines to 3 houses.
A common soup pot. People holding signs for "trabajo" work, and "pan" bread.
A common soup pot. People holding signs for "trabajo" work, and "pan" bread.
Women protesting. "La justicia no se trans" = justice doesn't reach us. Note the illegal electrical lines going to the homes.
Women protesting. "La justicia no se trans" = justice doesn't reach us. Note the illegal electrical lines going to the homes.
Protesters. "No + Muerte" = no more death. Note the woman in the foreground with the shovel, perhaps signifying another dead or "missing" person. A police car is standing by.
Protesters. "No + Muerte" = no more death. Note the woman in the foreground with the shovel, perhaps signifying another dead or "missing" person. A police car is standing by.
Protesters in front of a school. "No al despido de los professors" = don't fire our teachers.
Protesters in front of a school. "No al despido de los professors" = don't fire our teachers.
Protesting lack of freedom of speech and press. "Por la libre expression" = freedom of speech. Note the holes in the books and the torn pages scattered around.
Protesting lack of freedom of speech and press. "Por la libre expression" = freedom of speech. Note the holes in the books and the torn pages scattered around.
Men and women in the villages ask for more opportunity to work. "Trabajo" = work. There was not enough work available for everyone.
Men and women in the villages ask for more opportunity to work. "Trabajo" = work. There was not enough work available for everyone.
A government truck is spraying contaminated water on the protesting women in this city. This is a political protest. "No mas CNI" = no more CNI
A government truck is spraying contaminated water on the protesting women in this city. This is a political protest. "No mas CNI" = no more CNI
Supporters of Democracy in front of the election registry. "Todos Juntos" = all together "Registros electorales" = election registry "Si a la plena democracia" = yes to full democracy
Supporters of Democracy in front of the election registry. "Todos Juntos" = all together "Registros electorales" = election registry "Si a la plena democracia" = yes to full democracy
Supporters of Liberty. Note their outstretched empty arms, possibly signifying the missing husbands and children. "Libertad" = liberty
Supporters of Liberty. Note their outstretched empty arms, possibly signifying the missing husbands and children. "Libertad" = liberty

Daily Life

People in the city bringing "bribes" to the electric company workers in order to get their electricity hooked up. Chilectra = Chilean electric company.
People in the city bringing "bribes" to the electric company workers in order to get their electricity hooked up. Chilectra = Chilean electric company.
"Chilectra" = Chilean electric company truck. The black and white vehicle is a police car. A policeman is arresting a villager for stealing electricity.  Another policeman is writing a citation: "Detenidos por robo de luz - Art 22684" = detained for robbing the light law # 22684. Note the illegal power lines attached to the houses and the electric company workman removing the wire to the blue home.
"Chilectra" = Chilean electric company truck. The black and white vehicle is a police car. A policeman is arresting a villager for stealing electricity.  Another policeman is writing a citation: "Detenidos por robo de luz - Art 22684" = detained for robbing the light law # 22684. Note the illegal power lines attached to the houses and the electric company workman removing the wire to the blue home.
Women sewing arpilleras in a community workshop. Others are on the way to the building bringing scraps to sew with. Also note the common soup pot in the bottom right.  These women are helping each other out, some sewing and some cooking.
Women sewing arpilleras in a community workshop. Others are on the way to the building bringing scraps to sew with. Also note the common soup pot in the bottom right.  These women are helping each other out, some sewing and some cooking.
Military officers with guns are rounding up villagers; all men. They will become part of the "disappeared".  Note the women left behind and the child left alone.
Military officers with guns are rounding up villagers; all men. They will become part of the "disappeared".  Note the women left behind and the child left alone.
A good example of a common soup pot. Note the women bringing items from their homes to add to the soup pot.
A good example of a common soup pot. Note the women bringing items from their homes to add to the soup pot.
Women taking their babies to a polyclinic where numbers are also issued for milk and food. "Policlinico" = polyclinic dealing with various medical issues "No hay leche" = no more milk "No hay N#" = no more numbers
Women taking their babies to a polyclinic where numbers are also issued for milk and food.
"Policlinico" = polyclinic dealing with various medical issues
"No hay leche" = no more milk
"No hay N#" = no more numbers
Women are bringing odds and ends to add to the arpilleras. They may bring scraps of material, thread, pieces of leather, plastic, hay, paper, and other odds and ends all used to make the pieces three dimentional. "Taller" = Arpillera workshop
Women are bringing odds and ends to add to the arpilleras. They may bring scraps of material, thread, pieces of leather, plastic, hay, paper, and other odds and ends all used to make the pieces three dimentional. "Taller" = Arpillera workshop

Propaganda

A seemingly happy village with a communal garden or farm. This is either a non-political arpillera or an arpillera created by the government for propaganda purposes.
A seemingly happy village with a communal garden or farm. This is either a non-political arpillera or an arpillera created by the government for propaganda purposes.

Other

This Nativity scene is an example of a non- political arpillera. The birth of Christ.
This Nativity scene is an example of a non-political arpillera. The birth of Christ.