Get on the Bus

Chile’s private bus companies tried to repress the working-class vote. It backfired.

A worker cleans an E12 electric bus in Santiago, 2019. Chile has one of the largest electric bus fleets in the world, second only to China (Getty Images).

On December 19, 2021, the day of the Chilean presidential runoff, rumors spread about a corporate plan to sway the count in favor of the right-wing candidate, José Antonio Kast. As the day wore on, they were confirmed: private bus companies had cut service to working-class neighborhoods in Santiago and other cities, preventing voters from […]

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