Camila Vallejo, Proud of Being Communist


The Chilean student leader doesn’t mince her words.

“The ideas of communists today have real significance for they make sense in the context of people’s awakening,” said Camila Vallejo, a militant of the Communist Youths and one of the main leaders of the student movement which has been demanding structural reforms of education for six months.

In dialogue with the foreign press, Vallejo said that inequality in Chile “cannot last any longer, it is not sustainable, people don’t tolerate it any more — hence the necessity to raise consciousness but also to analyze what causes inequality and to combat it in an organized manner.  That is what we have been proposing, throughout history, as communists.”

“If they ask me what sense it makes to be communist now, I say: more sense than ever.  I feel very proud of being communist at this moment,” Vallejo added.

Regarding the student movement she leads, Vallejo emphasized that it must “resist and transcend,” recognizing that it finds itself in a “very difficult” moment due to being worn out by a long period of mobilizations.

The original article “Camila Vallejo orgullosa de ser comunista” was published by on 29 October 2011.  Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at]


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