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‘Amarillos por Chile’ movement enters the political scene

On Sept. 7, the movement “Amarillos por Chile” decided to become a political party. Fresh on the heels of the Rechazo vote, its proponents are optimistic about their next move. The first step is to present candidates to participate in any new constituent body, and then, eventually, they hope to run candidates in future elections.

Amarillo por Chile (translated as “Yellows for Chile”) is a center to center-left group that intends to challenge any form of radicalism, as it was believed the new constitution proposal was advancing. Instead, the movement opts for reforms made with moderation and high technical standards. 

Sol Serrano, Iván Jaksic, Mario Waissbluth, Andrés Velasco, Rodrigo Valdés, José De Gregorio, Alejandro Foxley, Mariana Aylwin, José Joaquín Brunner, and Óscar Guillermo Garretón are some of the movement’s founders.

The movement finds its roots in the columns and letters that the poet Cristián Warnken wrote on Radio Pauta, and on El Mercurio, one of which is called “Yellow Letter to my children.” While visiting Isla Negra, a group of young people insulted the writer calling him “yellow.” Warnken was surprised by the aggressiveness of the boys.

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The epithet “yellow” derives from the 1970s when it was used to disqualify reformists. Though, times have changed. Now, especially in the case of the referendum of Sept. 4, they believe that could be an unconscious radicalization since the new Constitution “ does not represent us all”, as their manifesto states.

The main idea of ​​Amarillos por Chile is to collect all the dissenting voices of the center left, which was against the Apruebo (the approval of the new Constitution) and form a group that proposes names of members of a future Constitutional Convention.

According to Ex-Ante, the movement’s leaders met on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and committed to work towards these changes, just three days after Chile voted in its historic referendum and rejected the proposed new Constitution.

The former president of the DC, Gutenberg Martínez, is collecting the necessary signatures to present them to the Electoral Service (Servel). Carolina Goic, Fulvio Rossi, Jorge Burgos, Mariana Aylwin, Alejandro Foxley, Mario Waissbluth and Soledad Alvear joined the declaration.

It is unknown if the group will keep its name if it formally becomes a political party.

  

 

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