Sueños para Chile

Every day in Chile I encounter something new. This time it was a campaign effort for one of Chile’s presidential candidates, Michelle Bachelet. A string, held up by various people, stretched along a few blocks in front of the cultural center. On it hung dreams for Chile’s future written on colorful paper.

Chile has quite a few candidates, but two women, Michelle Bachelet and Evelyn Matthai, who respectively represent the left and right side of the political spectrum, seem to be the strongest. The women also have an interesting connection as childhood friends gone awry. During the Pinochet regime, Bachelet’s father was tortured to death in a military academy basement where Matthei’s father was a senior figure.

But despite a divide between the left and right, similar to the political gap in the United States, it seems to me that most Chileans want a new constitution, in order to redefine a system created during the dictatorship, and more financial support for education.

Here are a few photos from the artistic campaign:

Supporters for Michelle Bachelet, the Socialist candidate for Chile's 2013 presidential election, created a line of wishes for Chile's future outside GAM, Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center, in Santiago on Oct. 3, 2013. They invited anyone walking along the street to add their wishes for Chile. Many wishes included a new constitution and free education for all.

Supporters for Michelle Bachelet, the Socialist candidate for Chile’s 2013 presidential election, created a line of wishes for Chile’s future outside GAM, Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center, in Santiago on Oct. 3, 2013. They invited anyone walking along the street to add their wishes for Chile. Many wishes included a new constitution and free education for all.

Mladenka Sanchez and Carlos Muñoz share a laugh of relief after Sanchez recovers her wish for Chile that had blown into the street. Supporters for Michelle Bachelet, the Socialist candidate for Chile's 2013 presidential election, created a line of wishes for Chile's future outside GAM, Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center, in Santiago on Oct. 3, 2013. They invited anyone walking along the street to add their wishes for Chile.

Mladenka Sanchez and Carlos Muñoz share a laugh of relief after Sanchez recovers her wish for Chile that had blown into the street. Supporters for Michelle Bachelet, the Socialist candidate for Chile’s 2013 presidential election, created a line of wishes for Chile’s future outside GAM, Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center, in Santiago on Oct. 3, 2013. They invited anyone walking along the street to add their wishes for Chile.

Supporters for Michelle Bachelet, the Socialist candidate for Chile's 2013 presidential election,  created a line of wishes for Chile's future outside GAM, Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center, in Santiago on Oct. 3, 2013. They invited anyone walking along the street to add their wishes for Chile.

Supporters for Michelle Bachelet, the Socialist candidate for Chile’s 2013 presidential election, created a line of wishes for Chile’s future outside GAM, Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center, in Santiago on Oct. 3, 2013. They invited anyone walking along the street to add their wishes for Chile.

Luz Encina holds of a section of wishes for Chile's future. She believes Bachelet can make the changes, such as a new constitution, she wants for Chile. Supporters for Michelle Bachelet, the Socialist candidate for Chile's 2013 presidential election, created a line of wishes for Chile's future outside GAM, Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center, in Santiago. They invited anyone walking along the street to add their own wishes for Chile.

Luz Encina holds of a section of wishes for Chile’s future. She believes Bachelet can make the changes, such as a new constitution, she wants for Chile. Supporters for Michelle Bachelet, the Socialist candidate for Chile’s 2013 presidential election, created a line of wishes for Chile’s future outside GAM, Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center, in Santiago. They invited anyone walking along the street to add their own wishes for Chile.

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