Clashes in Chile for the commemoration of the social uprising of 2019

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Clashes in Chile to commemorate the 2019 social uprising

Clashes between protesters and police in Santiago

Clashes between protesters and police erupted in Santiago on Tuesday on the occasion of the commemoration of the third anniversary of the 2019 social uprising that led to the late 2021 election of young left-wing president Gabriel Boric.

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Businesses in the city center have lowered their curtains, the exit from classes has been exceptionally advanced and 25,000 police have been deployed in anticipation of new clashes as was the case during the two previous 18 october.

In 2019, the discontent of students against the increase in the price of the metro ticket had been the starting point of a revolt to demand more social justice.

We are still in the same situation, we have gained nothing, said Andrea Valdebenito, a 43-year-old social worker.

Some 2,300 people demonstrated in Chile on Tuesday, including several hundred in the capital, a much lower mobilization than in the previous two years, but which was also marked by incidents in Santiago, including the burning of a truck or the theft of two buses.

There were about 50 arrests, 13 police officers were injured and some 700 people committed crimes nationwide, said the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. x27; Interior, Manuel Monsalve.

Police used water cannons and tear gas against burning barricades and to disperse rallies around Place d'Italie, the traditional epicenter of the 345 demonstrations that repeated themselves between October 18, 2019 and March 20 2020, before the pandemic put an end to the social effervescence, according to the National Institute of Human Rights (INDH).

In five months, around 30 people were killed in scuffles with the police, and some 400 suffered eye injuries.

To get out of the crisis, the previous conservative government had initiated a process of changing the constitution. Written under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990), the current constitution is considered to be a brake on any fundamental social reform against the liberal doctrines which govern in particular health, education or services. retreats.

But the Chileans rejected at the beginning of September by 62% the proposal which emanated from a Constituent Assembly elected in May 2021. Since then, government and opposition have been consulting to establish a new process constitutional.

On Tuesday, President Gabriel Boric, 36, who was sworn in in March after promising to establish a welfare state, admitted that his government is failing to do so. has still not carried out the reforms that improve the social rights of Chileans and Chileans.

According to him, the 2019 uprising was not an anti-capitalist revolution, but an expression of pain and fractures in our society.

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