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Hundreds of people demonstrated again in Santiago de Chile, one month after historic plebiscite for a new Constitution and a few weeks after the anniversary of the social outbreak, on October 18, which marked the beginning of the current crisis in the country.

The central Plaza Italia, popularly renamed “Plaza Dignidad”, it was once again the meeting point of citizen discontent, with a march by a group of health workers who peacefully demanded better wages but which ended with riots and clashes.

Police presence

The meeting was joined by other Groups of people that dispersed among the vicinity of the square roundabout, the park and the surrounding streets and that led the authorities to cut off several roads.

The march was controlled by a large contingent of Carabineros (Militarized police), who tried to disperse the encounter with the usual water-throwing cars and tear gas canisters, and who carried out at least 4 arrests.

Support for the referendum

The protesters launched slogans against the current government and were sympathetic to the option of approving the drafting a new Magna Carta in the referendum that will take place on October 25, proposed as the political way to put an end to social unrest.

Hours before, in the morning, supporters of the two options of the referendum, that of approving the creation of a new fundamental law and that of rejecting it and maintaining the current one, met in different parts of the capital to celebrate the start of the television strip and to do electoral propaganda.

The vote is the most important in three decades of democracy by opening the possibility of leaving behind the current Constitution, drawn up during the dictatorship (1973-1990), and whose repeal could translate into profound changes in the political and economic model in response to the demands for a fairer socioeconomic model.

Social confinement

After five months of hiatus by the lockdown, the protests were reactivated last August, coinciding with the gradual lifting of sanitary restrictions that the country has been experiencing for weeks.

Chile, with 453,868 cases and more than 12,000 deaths from coronavirus Since the first case was registered last March, it began a process of opening towards deconfinement with a plan organized by neighborhoods based on the epidemiology of the virus.

Most parts of the capital have already left the total quarantine which has allowed citizens to re-convene weekly meetings every Friday.

Chile lives the social and political crisis more serious since the end of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990), which resulted in around thirty deaths and thousands of wounded, in addition to episodes of extreme violence with looting, fires and destruction of public furniture.



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