Boom, Then Slump, Preceded Wide-Ranging South American Protests

Chile is one of the richest countries in the region. Haiti is the poorest. Ecuador has a centrist government. Bolivia’s is socialist. Yet from Port-au-Prince to Santiago, furious demonstrators marched this week to demand fundamental change, a wave of often-violent protests that has set tires, government offices, trains and metro stations ablaze across South America and the Caribbean.

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