RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - South America has been experiencing turbulent weeks. The sometimes very violent demonstrations that broke out in Chile in mid-October erupted out of the blue like lightning.
The country has so far been regarded as a beacon and stronghold of stability among Latin American countries, the country with the highest per capita income in the region and with regular, democratic changes of government between the left and right-wing.
Up to one million Chileans (more than five percent of the total population) took to the streets in the capital Santiago alone to protest against growing social . . .