By Gustavo Gatica*
My life changed completely on Nov. 8 last year.
That day, Carabinero officers—members of the Chilean National Police—shot me in both eyes, leaving me completely blind.
Why did they shoot me? For exercising my right to protest.
Before that day, I was an ordinary student from Santiago, studying psychology, playing basketball, riding my bike and playing the bass.
That day, I was participating in a mass social demonstration, part of a wave of protests that began on Oct. 18 2019 to change a system that is based on inequality. The protests started due to an increase in the price of public transport, but that was just the trigger after decades of injustice. We took to the streets to change that, to demand more equal access to health and education, and better pensions.