Chile’s private bus companies tried to repress the working-class vote. It backfired.
Andrés Arce works at the Metro Union of Santiago (Sindicato Metro de Santiago) and is the coordinator of the National Public Transport Trade Union Network.
On election day in Chile, private bus companies refused to transport working-class voters to polls to help the right-wing candidate. The Left and unions rapidly organized to counteract the boycott — and socialist candidate Gabriel Boric emerged victorious.