I’d like to give my sincere thanks to Left Citizen, for giving me the privilege of being a leader to express my heart here to all of you respectful and distinguished guests.
It’s a special honor for me, because my presence around this platform seems fairly impossible, so incredible and hardly imaginable in those 200 years of history of Chile, a son of the Mapuche tribe has come here as president of a political party of the government.
From where I came they have said that we could never reach here. It was so impossible that a poor came here to talk to you and all those ministers, it should have passed many years for those backward and leg-behind of the country to be heard in the very center of the political power.
But today we’re here for the first time in history and no one could deny. Some politicians said that we couldn’t deserve to be here. But today we’re here standing with dignity.
They said that this day would never come, but today where the boulevard is reaching its arms for those who live hundreds of years in an island of political and economic marginalization, and in center of a sea of opportunity only for the minority.
My father, although didn’t know reading, taught me to respect the people and my tribe; my mother, a housekeeper, perhaps just like the one you have in your house, taught me to hold the hope that tomorrow would be a better day. They taught me that in Chile exists the possibility of going forward as long as you try hard.
This is the message that we’d like to share to hundreds of youngsters who have lost the expectations. I’m here and I know my story is like that of hundreds of Chileans, and also know that standing here is like an ugly duckling becomes a goose swan. It’s such a slim chance. Because from where I come, people don’t live, rather, they survive; from where I come, those worries are not about GDP, neither the sea with Bolivia, rather, are worries about what to eat and where to sleep.
And we are here to demonstrate to those who said that they had so many aspirations that one day people would not mind and judge you from your family name or your origin although we were not born in aisle of power, not blue-blood, we were born in poor and marginalized barrios, in those villages of the poor but dignified Mapuche families.
Today, the country is rather divided, we come to demonstrate that to get-together we can change the history. So we solicit you to listen to our proposals, we’re a small party, but represent those backward in Chile who have never come here to talk for themselves.
We worry about the economic balance, which is planned so delicately that is being maintained at the cost of all of those backward, and begins to off balance. We also worry about the tendency of cutting our budgets, making our resources contributed without balance and those promises undone.
*That the increase of Latin America is near 0.9% of the GDP
*Those developed countries that belong to OECD estimate that this year would increase a 2.1%
*Meanwhile that the estimation of increase for Chile is 2.5% .
Thus we can affirm that Chile is increasing faster than the average of Latin America and than those developed countries of OECD.
We increase a 3% of the GDP in scheme, similar to the beginning of the democracy in 1990.
All in all, it can imply a delay in the implementation, but by no means can make the poorest, the 1/5 of the population, be in danger of without free university education. This means to give finance support through public funds, a part of which today is private.
Nevertheless, we wonder: if the tax reform obtain 3.2% of the GDP, why not apply those resources to supply those students with higher education for free in universities, if it needs only 1.2% of the GDP.
b.Approve through the National Congress or through Constituent Assembly
The Left Citizen feel that we can get out from the crisis of confidence, only with those programs that we have promised to the citizens completed.
Today, it is rather divided in this country, we come to demonstrate that although we have differences we share the same dream of equality and justice to make Chile a better country. In those days that I spent in the New Majority, I’ve seen a pleasant relation between different races, origins and social conditions without minding those different parties. We look for our similarities rather than that divide us, and we know that we can’t change the past, but the future is right in our hands and a better time will come. We, are the time.
Source: Book Mapuche Child between 2 Nations
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