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Gabriel Boric

Gabriel Boric Font
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President of Chile

From: March 11, 2022 – March 11, 2026
Predecessor Sebastián Piñera
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile, District 28 (Santiago)
From: March 11, 2018 – March 11, 2022
Predecessor Creation of the district
Successor Javiera Morales
Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile, District 60 (Santiago)
From: March 11, 2014 – March 11, 2018
Predecessor Miodrag Marinović Solo de Zaldívar
Successor Dissolution of the district
President of the Federation of Students of the University of Chile
From: December 19, 2011 - November 28, 2012
Predecessor Camila Vallejo Dowling
Successor Andrés Fielbaum
Information
Party Social Convergence
Religion Agnostic

Gabriel Boric Font (b. Punta Arenas February 11, 1986) also known as El Merluzo or El Mechero is a Chilean and self-described communist politician, current President of Chile, who was elected in Dec, 2021, at the age of 35 to serve between March 11, 2022 and March 11, 2026. He previously served as deputy from 2014 to 2022 and was a prominent student radical activist in the leftist mobilizations of 2011 which were about the nationalization of the education system in order to have a welfare state that provides 'free and quality education'.[1]

His coalition called Apruebo Dignidad is integrated by the parties: Social Convergence (Boric's Party), Democratic Revolution, Green Ecologist Party, Commune Party, Communist Party, Social Green Regionalist Federation.

He supports the writing of a new progressive Constitution that creates a Plurinational State with the Indigenist idology, adopts the globalist 2030 Agenda from the United Nations. He is also an ally of the international communist São Paulo Forum.

During the 2019 Chilean State of Emergency he was against the Chilean Armed Forces and supported the agreement of the 15 of November of the same year that made possible the Constitutional change, something that was viewed as too moderate by the far-left since the agreement was made with the center-right.

Controversies

Sexual behavior

Boric was acused of being a sexual stalker in 2012. At that time, the complainant was an anthropology student, when he was president of the Student Federation of the University of Chile.[2]

The complaint was confirmed by the president of Social Convergence, Alondra Arellano, to the electronic newspaper El Líbero. She said that "without the consent of the victim" she would not refer to the events that occurred, when said media asked her for a tweet in which she declared that she was available to "initiate a procedure" regarding the behaviors attributed to her party's standard-bearer.

According to the publication, the leader E. Schneider, a transexual deputy, also confirmed on her Twitter account that the facts were "true." Another leader of the Boric community confirmed that after the fact was known, at least two cancelations were carried out against the flag bearer. One in Santiago, and another in Magallanes.

The events occurred in 2012 during coordination activities of the Voluntary Work team of the Federation of the University of Chile. The victim, Macarena Castañeda, is a feminist.

She consulted the deputy team for this situation, she sent the request to the National Directorate of Social Convergence, where they specified that "there are no submitted."[3][4]

He also said in an interview that had a 'teen exploration' kissing men.[5]

Support of Left-wing Terrorism

Main article: Left Wing Terrorism in Chile
Boric supporting Left Wing Terrorism with a T-Shirt with dead Jaime Guzmán.

In November 2018, Gabriel Boric, along with deputy Maite Orsini, went to France, and visited Ricardo Palma Salamanca, a member of the terrorist left-wing group 'Manuel Rodríguez Patriotic Front', who was convicted for the murder of Senator Jaime Guzmán in the 90s, and that he remains in asylum status in the European country.

The news generated controversy and criticism towards Boric, especially from the parliamentarians of the Independent Democratic Union (UDI) and National Renewal (RN), who, through the Ethics Commission, announced sanctions against the deputies, risking a fine of 1,300,000 pesos.

Even so, Democratic Revolution (one of the main parties of his coalition), issued a statement that Boric and Orsini made the visit to Palma Salamanca under personal criteria and not on behalf of the coalition or their respective parties.

In December 2018, he was summoned by former deputy José Antonio Kast after taking a photograph in 2017 with a shirt that showed the image of Jaime Guzmán shot, later apologizing. In March 2019 he was sanctioned with a 5% discount on his diet for the Ethics and Transparency Commission of the Chamber of Deputies.

Theft in a supermarket

In January 2005, 19 years old Boric was caught by guards stealing alcohol at the "Líder" supermarket located on Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva Avenue in Punta Arenas. However, the case, led by prosecutor Juan Agustín Meléndez Duplaquet, was closed only a month later in February 2005. Because it was applied the "principle of opportunity".

The Public Defender's Office (DPP) explains on its website that the principle of opportunity is used when the prosecutor in charge decides not to proceed with the investigation because "the acts denounced do not seriously compromise the public interest and certain legal requirements regarding the penalty are met".

According to Rafael Corvalán Pazols, the judge who decided to close the case of simple theft against Boric, the complainants could express their intention to continue "with the criminal prosecution, having 10 days to do so", which was not done.

Boric gained the nickname "El Mechero"[6] which means "a person who commits petty theft from commercial premises. Usually shoplifting in supermarkets." in Chilean Spanish.[7]

Boric's mother, María Soledad Font, has been detained twice at the same supermarket in Punta Arenas,[8][9] which is located 13 minutes by car from the family home. Boric's mother's first theft occurred in October 2013, when, according to the complaint, she stole products valued at $37 thousand pesos. The second time, in 2016, the theft was only $8 thousand pesos, but being a repeat offender, María Soledad Font was forbidden to go near the Líder supermarket in Punta Arenas for at least one year and to pay a fine of $50 thousand pesos.[10][11]

2021 Election

Main article: Chile presidential election, 2021
Boric arguing with military personnel during the 2019 Marxist Insurrection.

In the 2021 Presidential Election, the final front-runners were the Republican José Antonio Kast and Gabriel Boric. Kast won the first round with a 27.91 % of the votes (1,961,387 votes) and Boric obtained 25.82 % (1,814,777 votes). But Kast lost the second round obtaining 44.13 % (3,650,088 votes) against 55.87 % (4,620,890 votes) from Boric. With this Chile ends an era of free-market oriented policies and Socialism retakes the government.

Earlier polls showed a very tight race.[1]

Boric promised a welfare state, ending with the private pension system (making pensions non-inheritable and transfering them to a common fund), increasing taxes, limiting the working hours to 40 per week and creating a public fund for health.[12]

After Boric won, he was asked: "how much weight will the Communist Party have in your government?"[13]

Using pop culture

Regardless of politics, he generated youngsters' leftists excitement, who couldn't care less about politics, through his professed being a fan of singer Taylor Swift.[14][15] What is called a "Swifty." Like Barack Obama, he knows how to use pop culture, including natiive masses.

Government

Indigenism and Marxism

See also: Indigenism

Boric's Government has been characterized for making symbolic changes in favor of progressivism. His ministers have used the separatist term Wallmapu supporting separatism in the South of Chile, and indirectly in Argentina, something that strained relations with the neighboring country, specially when the first international trip of a Chilean President is always there. The Minister of Interior, Izkia Siches made a manual for the media to use more the term, she apologized weeks later for the inconveniences that the use of the term made. Boric avoids wearing a tie and has paid tribute to Salvador Allende.

Boric at first refused to use the State of Exception (deploy the military in the zone of constant terrorism) in the South of Chile. This caused the truckers to go on strike. Later on, he implemented the State of Exception in the surrounding areas of the highways, but not the rural roads which suffer the most with the terrorist incendiary attacks.

Environmentalism and Globalism

The Government signed the globalist-environmentalist Escazú Agreement which the previous President refused to sign. Boric is a promoter of the anthropomorphic Climate Change idea and the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

In June 2022, Boric announced the closure of the "Ventanas" smelter (dependent of Codelco national copper company), the workers went to a strike of few days while the progressive left supported Boric's plan for being environmentalist. The strike was ended soon with an agreement.

Amnesty to criminals

The first measure taken by the government was to withdraw 139 complaints invoking the State Security Law regarding crimes that disturb public order for people detained within the riots caused during the Marxist insurrection of 2019. In a televised interview, Boric asserted that he hopes that the amnesty bill for them "comes to fruition" in the National Congress, describing this action as a "meeting and healing point" rather than impunity.

Feminism

His girlfriend, Irina Karamanos, refuses the title "First Lady" for being patriarchal arguing that she is not first nor lady.[16] The institution was renamed "Cabinet Irina Karamanos", something that was controversial.[17]

Gun control

Boric wants to make impossible to get a gun in Chile with a "total ban on gun ownership",[18] a country that doesn't have laws as the U.S. nor the culture of self-defense.[19]

Views on Israel

Boric showed anti-Jewish bigotry after he got a blessing gift from the Jewish community in 2019, though it was masked under "criticism of Israel" - totally unrelated.[20]

Chile is home to largest Arab Palestinian population outside the Middle East. Many Jews intented first to vote for his rival, right-wing: José Antonio Kast as Chile’s Jews felt under ‘siege’ from anti-Israel sentiment.[21]

It's against this background that Christian Arab activist visited Chile in Apr/2022 to explain reality vs anti-Israel propaganda.[22][23][24] Even Hamas was occupied with this.[25] He has received the Chilean Congress medal. [26]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Monica Showalter, Stunning good news from Chile..., American Thinker, November 22, 2021.
  2. Una denuncia por acoso sexual complica al candidato chileno Gabriel Boric a 10 días de las elecciones (es). Infobae (December 12, 2021).
  3. Emplazan a Gabriel Boric a aclarar denuncia de acoso sexual (es). El Dinamo (December 10, 2021).
  4. La acusación de acoso contra Boric que validaron dos candidatas a diputadas del FA y que desapareció de las redes (es). El Líbero (December 10, 2021).
  5. [VIDEO Entrevista a Gabriel Boric (2017)] (es). Canal13C (2017).
  6. Boric ante acusación de UDI: A los 19 cometí un error y me detuvieron (es). Cooperativa (January 7, 2015).
  7. Mechero (es). Diccionario Chileno.
  8. Madre de Gabriel Boric fue detenida por hurto en supermercado de Punta Arenas (es). El Pingüino (October 17, 2013).
  9. María Soledad Font nuevamente enfrentó ayer a la justicia por delitos menores (es). El Pingüino (27 July, 2016).
  10. Boric: la historia del proceso judicial por hurto en un supermercado (es). El Dínamo (October 29, 2021).
  11. Sergio Melnick le enrostró hurto en supermercado a Gabriel Boric en dura discusión en redes (es). Soy Chile (October 17, 2017).
  12. Chile’s new president promises to bury neoliberalism, Economist, Dec 20, 2021.
    Latin America’s new leftists. Will Gabriel Boric, a millennial socialist, be as good as his word?
  13. Gabriel Boric: how much weight will the Communist Party have in your government? Digismak, December 20, 2021
  14. https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/chiles-youngest-president-gabriel-boric-taylor-swift-fan-4577564.html
  15. https://twitter.com/TheSwiftSociety/status/1472719839118733315
  16. "No soy ni primera, ni dama": El origen de la frase de Irina Karamanos que generó revuelo en redes (es). La Tercera (March 15, 2022).
  17. “Mea culpa”: los otros reconocimientos de errores del gobierno de Boric (es). La Tercera (June 24, 2022).
  18. Boric anuncia proyecto para avanzar hacia la "prohibición total de tenencia de armas" (es). BioBio (June 1, 2022).
  19. Boric y control de armas: "Es por el bien de todos. Sabemos cómo terminan las sociedades armadas" (es). BioBio (June 6, 2022).
  20. Damian Pachter, Chile's president-elect backs BDS, accuses Israel of 'g......e', ILH, 12-20-2021.

    Two years ago, Gabriel Boric responded to a Rosh Hashana gift of honey from the local Jewish community by saying they could "start by demanding Israel return the Palestinian territory it illegally occupies."

    Chile is home to some half a million Palestinian immigrants, most of whom are Christian. The country's Jewish population, in comparison, numbers only tens of thousands. President of the Chilean community in Israel Gabriel Colodro told Israel Hayom that "Boric has voted for every bill against Israel, called Israel a murderous state on public television, and consistently supports boycott of Israel." However, Colodro said, he is Chile's president-elect, a fact that should not only be respected, but appreciated. "He will be judged by his actions, not his declarations," Colodro said.

    "His remarks and the agreements he has made have an antisemitic nature, but it's not important what he has said, but what he will do. There is concern for the Jewish community [in Chile], but we wish him success," Colodro said.
  21. Alan Grabindky, Chile’s Jews feel under ‘siege’ from anti-Israel sentiment, so they’re backing a far-right presidential candidate, JTA, Nov 23, 2021.

    As in most other Latin American Jewish communities, with the exception of Argentina, the majority of Chilean Jews are staunch Zionists who stand behind more conservative leaders because of their perceived support of Israel.  And what has defined public life for Chile’s 18,000 or so Jews during the past two decades, according to several community members, is a strong anti-Israel discourse emanating from the left, which includes the country’s vocal 350,000-strong Palestinian community, the largest one outside of the Middle East. “There is a feeling of siege,” Yonathan Nowogrodski, a 43-year-old engineer and decades-long community leader who identifies as center-left Zionist, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 

    Since the Second Intifada in the late 1990s, the voice of pro-Israel activists on the left has been pushed aside by an increasingly well-organized Palestinian community, especially on university campuses, Nowogrodski said.
  22. Emily Schrader - אמילי שריידר @emilykschrader Tweeted: (Apr 12, 2022)
    Anti-Israel terror supporter @AbierKhatib has tweeted over 10 times in the last 48 hours whining about @YosephHaddad in #Chile Girl, my fiancé is living rent free in your head. Thanks for proving his work is impactful. Cope
  23. Yoseph Haddad @YosephHaddad Tweeted: (Apr 12, 2022)

    Since I arrived in Chile I have been bombarded with hundreds of messages and abusive comments and threats from Palestinians and haters of Israel here. They are also distributing posters against me, calling for a boycott of me and even burst into my lecture. I'm not afraid, but they have a good reason to be afraid of me, because finally in Chile they meet an Arab from Israel who presents the truth versus their brainwashing and lies... and I just started!

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FQISDlpXMAEpp6Z?format=jpg&name=small
  24. Sarai (Sarah Idan) Miss Iraq @RealSarahIdan Tweeted (Apr 11, 2022):
    The #freeplasetine army lost their shit trolling @YosephHaddad in person & on Twitter. This is the result when your cause is based on a lie “Israel is apartheid” they’re terrified an Arab Israeli is exposing their lies proving his country isn’t an apartheid. Keep the good fight!
  25. Yoseph Haddad @YosephHaddad Tweeted: (Apr 12, 2022)
    And here is the big propaganda page on the Hamas network Gaza now was pressured from my visit to Chile ... Let them continue to write and incite against me, I will continue to open people's eyes to understand that the Palestinian problem is not Israel - it is Hamas!
  26. Yoseph Haddad @YosephHaddad Tweeted: (Apr 13, 2022)
    I came to the Chilean Congress today to meet with members and share the reality of the Arab society in Israel. During the visit, Congressmen @dip_jmcastro and @clabbem also presented me w/ the Chilean Congress medal. We agreed to continue to collaborate in the future.