15 Jul 2021

Latin America citizens standing up to government officials

From Morning Report, 8:55 am on 15 July 2021

Not all heroes wear capes - and not all superheroes come from the USA.

In Latin America, some real-life icons wear Mexican wrestling masks or arm themselves with shields and herbicide to lead demonstrations and strong-arm government officials into protecting the people.

These are regular people from Mexico, Argentina and Colombia who complete with costumes, and masks which also help to protect from Covid-19, galvanize their communities to defend themselves against everything from police brutality to corporate greed.

Professor of Hispanic Studies at Virginia Tech, Vinodh Venkatesh has been studying this trend.

He spoke to Kim Hill.