Government violence & the Latin American plaza
McGuire, Meghan Elizabeth
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The Latin American plaza is a space fraught with violence due to historic precedent and government control. Violence occurs against plaza users due to and despite the seeming liberty offered by the plaza atmosphere. This brutality between and against citizens of the plaza is encouraged by the historic spirit of pre-Columbian populations, as well as the structure of the plaza, its buildings, and the loaded implications of the internal building functions that were introduced in combination with the colonization of Latin America. Plazas have long been a site of rebellion, demonstration, and violence, both in support of and against those demonstrating, but factors of Latin America in particular create cases of extreme examples of government control and the truth behind the realization of the plaza as a space of the people.