Latin America’s New Left

How Far Will They Go?

Lula's victory speech. (TeleSur).

The celebrations in the streets of Cauca on June 19th when returns showed that Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez won the presidential election, or in Sao Paulo October 30th with Lula’s victory over Jair Bolsonaro, or in Tegucigalpa last November with the triumph of Xiomara Castro have one thing in common: For a brief moment, the unbridled joy of beating a repressive right took hold of the people, and dreams of freedom temporarily banished the realities of daily life.

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Laura Carlsen is the director of the Americas Program in Mexico City and advisor to Just Associates (JASS) .

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