Authoritarian Responses to New Forms of Protest


The Left in the European Parliament

European Parliament
B-1047 Brussels
Room: ASP 1G2

The right to protest is at the core of democracy. In recent years, authoritarian responses and the criminalisation of social protest have spread around the world. This event will present two reports (funded by The Left) analysing this situation.


In recent years we have seen how citizens are protesting against the neoliberal policies imposed in the last decades. The response of the authorities has been the repression.

Two reports (funded by The Left), analysing this situation will be launched at this event:

We will get the participation of researchers and the testimonies of people directly affected.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.


Wednesday, 31 May 2023

16:30 – 17:45 (CET): Panel 1:  Social protest in Latin America from 2018 to 2022

 Moderation:Miguel Urban Crespo, MEP the Left

  • Martin Mosquera, drafter of The Left’s Study and Director of Jacobin Latin America,
  • Hernando Cevallos, former Minister of Health of Peru and one of the leaders of the Movement for Popular Unity (MUP
  • Gabriela Wiener, Peruvian activist, writer, chronicler, poet and journalist

18:00 – 19:00 (CET): Panel 2: Criminalisation of the right to protest: patterns, actors and instruments

Moderation:Marisa Matias, MEP the Left

  • Erika Gonzalez, drafter of The Left’s Study on criminalisation of the right to protest: patterns, actors and instruments
  • Serlinda Vigara Mas, member of the department of strengthening human rights defenders in Novact
  • Francho Aijón, father of one of the criminalised youths of “Los 6 de Zaragoza”