It ends a week of hard work. This Saturday, each commission had to deliver what was agreed to add it to the Regulations, and some of them had to meet until dawn to achieve it. After an infinity of hours of deliberation, Agustín Squella – “a provincial teacher”, as he insists on presenting himself – began to tell a story about the regulatory interpretation in which a station, a puma, a butterfly, a dog appeared… and to prevent him from producing among those present the effect of the stories on the children at bedtime, Amaya Alves begged him not to continue.
We all complied and thus finished drawing the court and establishing the rules for the properly constitutional discussion. From Monday, the coordinators of these committees will meet with those of the Rules of Procedure to put together a coherent text faithful to what has been concluded by each group. It would not be uncommon for the agreements of some to overlap with those of others and it would be important to share nuances so as not to misplace the conclusions. Once we have that cohesive text, it will go to the plenary to be voted on by the 155.
We have seen each other little over the past few days. Each commission has constituted a world apart, to which the rest often enters through the press, the rumors of the networks and the corridor conversations. Organized groups, in general, have not had time to socialize debates the night before within their commissions, when when they arrive in the morning journalists come to ask for opinions on supposed unknown agreements. The instantaneity of the news usually exceeds internal communication, generating misunderstandings that give rise to passing scandals. Anyone who bothers to register these noisy headlines will see that practically all of them concluded in a very sensible way than their catastrophic or ridiculous forecasts.
The milestones that grabbed the spotlight this week were as follows:
– The quorum of 2/3 for the approval of the constitutional norms was ratified, not only one of the very few previous norms established by the reform of the constitution that gave rise to this process, but also a guarantee that our Basic Law will be the product of a broad agreement.
– The possibility of settling plebiscites in case of not achieving that quorum, which from good to first seems a better idea than once reflected, especially if it is considered that at the time of the quiubos, in the limited period of this process, it can be an abusive tool in the hands of powers capable of moving organized groups or of running biased versions about the matter, with very little time to be contradicted. Its defenders, who publicly expose it as a way of attending to the popular will, privately present them as a threat to force agreements. There are few who refuse that the new constitution considers it among its democratizing tools, but many – also some who, for fear of the reprimand of the networks, support it – who know that applied to fools and crazy people it can even serve to distort the true desires of the majority. The Convention, on the other hand, does not have the powers to decree its existence at this stage, and if its proposal goes ahead, the majority of the constituents understand that it should be Congress that dictates a reform to the current Constitution to make it possible. And everything augurs that this is how far the story would go.
– Outside the Ethics Commission, where the scope of “denialism” was debated, members of the different lefts, sometimes gathered in supposedly homogeneous conglomerates, emphasized the unrestricted value of freedom of expression and thought, while others, on behalf of the victims, the importance of condemning to the letters any possible justification of the violence exercised against them. To one of the most exalted wing I asked: and how then could a revolution be justified?
On Thursday 26, the mayor of Santiago, Irací Hassler, a young communist of 31 years, invited to the table of the Convention, the coordinators and coordinators and another handful of conventional, to a Constituent gala in the Municipal Theater.
It was the first time since the beginning of the pandemic that the theater opened its doors. Before starting the concert in which the symphony orchestra would perform the work Tierra Sagrada, by Nelson Vinot, President Loncón spoke to those present. He narrated a Mapuche story transmitted from one generation to another, starring some birds that brought back the love to those Lands. Then a huge wenufoye fell as a backdrop and a bassoon began to sound with the snoring of a trutruca.
In its best moments, the symphony seemed to transport to this palatial stage the pains and dreams of that postponed culture. This time, under that great lamp of tears, there were not the members of high society, but the machi Francisca Linconao, representatives of social movements and left-wing parties. Other characters seemed to represent the beginning of a new play in the theater of power.