IN RAIN, IN SNOW we keep on protesting.
This was a new chant I heard out at today’s march for education reform in Chile. Many people thought that this permitted protest wouldn’t take place, or would be quietly quashed when we woke up with near and below-freezing temperatures and precipitation. Instead, it has turned into a march known on twitter as #marchadelosparaguas (the march of the umbrellas) for the thousands of multi-hued umbrellas marching down the street, with thousands of students and supporters chanting underneath. It’s the second trending topic for twitter right now in ultra-connected Chile, with people mainly lamenting that they couldn’t be there, and musing how hopefully the bad weather will keep the encapuchados (literally hooded people, referring to protesters who cover their faces to commit acts of vandalism) at bay.