Militarization Of Latin America’s COVID-19 Response Threatens Future Of Democracy, Some Analysts Warn

IPS: On the Back of the Pandemic, the Militarization of Latin America is Gathering Momentum, Analysts Warn
“During the Covid-19 pandemic, armed forces in Latin America have been taking on essential tasks: manufacturing protective equipment, delivering food, and treating civilians in hospitals. In at least a dozen countries, soldiers have been deployed to enforce containment measures, often using brute force, on populations made up of largely poor informal workers. … Observers of the situation in Latin America fear that permanent militarization will become the new normal, and that, in the absence of adequate civilian institutions, many governments will use their armed forces to provide basic services and to clamp down on their critics at the same time. Democracy in Latin America, they warn, may be reduced to no more than a façade once the pandemic is over…” (Guerrero, 11/17).

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