|Karol Aida Cariola Oliva|
|General Secretary of the|
|Preceded by||Oscar Aroca|
|President of the
University of Concepción Student Federation
|Preceded by||Jose Piña|
|Succeeded by||Guillermo Petersen|
April 1, 1987 |
|Political party||Communist Youth of Chile|
|Alma mater||University of Concepción|
Karol Aida Cariola Oliva (born April 1, 1987) is a Chilean graduate in obstetrics, and a former president of the Federación de Estudiantes de la Universidad de Concepción (University of Concepción Student Federation) for 2010. She was elected General Secretary of the Juventudes Comunistas de Chile, abbr. JJ.CC, (the youth wing of the Communist Party of Chile) at the organizations XIII Congress held in October 2011. 
Cariola was elected as General Secretary of the JJ.CC. amidst one of the most significant mass social mobilization in recent Chilean history – referred by the media as the Chilean Winter. This mobilization has seen students across Chile refuse to return to school or university (commencing in late April 2011 to the end of the 2011 academic year) and demand an end to the privatization of education. Cariola has stated that the student mobilization, protests and strikes have a political nature and she has refuted the statement made by the Chilean government spokesperson Andrés Chadwick that the CONFECH (Chile’s Confederation of Student Unions) has been taken over by extremist elements.
In an interview with CNN Chile Cariola stated that it was a grave mistake to refer to the student movement in that manner:
“I think our country is at an historic moment, that it is necessary to generate structural changes….We have had a process that has led this country to develop a new consciousness. Chile today is not the same that it was 6 months ago, there is an eagerness to generate changes and the need to do so.” 
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- (Spanish) "Dirigenta estudiantil, Karol Cariola, es la nueva Secretaria General de la JJ.CC.". Tercera Informacion Spain. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
- (Spanish) "El Partido Comunista y su recambio generacional". CNN Chile. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
- (Spanish) "Es un desacierto del Gobierno pronunciarse así frente a este movimiento". CNN Chile. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 02 November 2011.
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