Negro Matapacos was a Chilean street dog who joined student protests for free education and against neoliberalism from 2010 onwards. He was a regular feature at every demonstration in Santiago, defying tear gas and water cannons to stand in solidarity with the students. He only ever barked at or attacked cops. In between protests, he liked to hang out on university campuses.
He died of old age in 2017, having been taken in and cared for in someone’s home during his final days. In the huge 2019 protests in Chile, he was again a symbol of the struggle. He has been immortalised in street art, songs, and the public memory generally.
See Also / References
- Working Class History: Negro Matapacos: Chile’s “riot dog”
- AJ+ Español on Twitter: La revolución en Chile no sólo se gesta desde las calles sino también desde el amor por estos perros que, para muchos, son un emblema de resistencia. ¿Conoces al Negro Matapacos y a Vaquita?
- Respectable Lawyer on Twitter, with a great thread all about Negro Matapacos
- Instagram page in Negro Matapacos’ honour