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Glamorous Commander Camila डिसेम्बर 1, 2011

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Amaris Castilo says-There’s a new youth movement going on in Chile-and 23-year-old young Camila Vallejo is leading. Vallejo, the current leader of the University of Chile’s student union, is behind protests that started in early June by young people upset about the quality of education in the South American country. Vallejo, who is also a member of the Chilean Communist Party, is only the second female to be elected president of the university’s student union in the organization’s 105-year history. Recent days Vallejo dubbed “Commander Camila” by her admirers. She expressed in an interview-“It is always the youth that make the first move. We don’t have family commitments,” she said, “this allows us to be freer. We took the first step, but we are no longer alone, the older generations are now joining this fight.”

Camila Antonia Amaranta Vallejo lived her childhood between the communes of Macul and La Florida, and she studied in Colegio Raimapu, a Co-Ed private school in La Florida. In 2006, Vallejo entered the University of Chile to study geography. There, she started forming ties with leftist students and getting involved in politics, which led her to join the Chilean Communist Youth the next year. She was counselor of the Federación de Estudiantes de la Universidad de Chile (FECh, Student Federation of the University of Chile) in 2008, and was chosen as president in 2010.

She has acquired public attention as a leading spokesperson and leader of the 2011 student protests in Chile, alongside other student leaders: Giorgio Jackson from the Student Federation of the Catholic University of Chile and Camilo Ballesteros from the Student Federation of the University of Santiago de Chile.

Camila Vallejo has been considered the most important and influential Communist icon of the 21th century in Chile. In August 2011, the Supreme Court of Chile ordered police protection for Camila Vallejo after she received death threats.

President Álvaro García Linera even spoke about her, telling other students that everyone loves Vallejo. “You need to talk about what is happening in Argentina, Brazil or Chile,” he said, “where there is a young and beautiful leader, who is leading the youth in a grand uprising.”

In a basement auditorium a group of 60 student leaders planned the next steps in their burgeoning revolution for free university education, with Vallejo centre stage. Jonathan Franklin writes in Guardian-“Vallejo sat behind her battered laptop, a small blue notebook on her desk and a rapt audience in front of her. When she speaks, her hands fly about, like birds snatching invisible prey. Her language is pointed and clear but, mixed with constant doses of humour and self-deprecation, she keeps her charges laughing.”

She has been praised publicly by several entertainers. In September 2011, Calle 13 traveled to Chile to support the student movement, and in a concert they invited some students and members of the Confech, including Camila. After this event, Argentine singer-songwriter Kevin Johansen wrote to Calle 13’s vocalist via Twitter, “I told you René, Camila Vallejo is mine!”.