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What is the “Pink Tide” ?

Summary: The “Pink Tide” is happening for the second time, but this time different issues are being looked at. In this article, Annika Anand gives a brief introduction on the “Pink Tide” and explains what the future holds for the movement.

In the past few decades, Latin America has been led by conservative leaders across most of its nations. For example, Brazil had  Bolsonaro, Colombia had  Iván Duque Márquez, Peru had Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Godard, and the list could go on and on. But in recent years, there have been more left-leaning presidents entering office in a movement called the “Pink Tide.” Today, across Latin America, countries like Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Brazil have all transitioned to left-wing governance. 

But this movement is not new. This is considered to be the second ‘Pink Tide’, and the original occurred in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It was separated into two camps: social-democratic camp and the left-wing populist camp. Its goal was to combine free market economic progress with social progress.  Today’s “Pink Tide” is focused on what are considered to be today’s left-leaning issues. The presidents who are a part of the  “Pink Tide” focus on more social issues such as women’s rights and drug violence. The “Pink Tide” is gaining lots of attention as it is a step towards more transparency with Latin American nations and less human rights violations. 

The “Pink Tide” is monumental, to say the least. The impacts of this change cannot be undermined. Be on the look out for more changes across Latin America. 

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