Chile: What’s Happening

Chile: What’s Happening

With 11 dead and 1,400 reported arrests, we need to talk about what’s happening in Chile.

There’s currently a state of emergency in Chile, as protests that were initially sparked in response to a rise in metro prices have become a wider outcry against inequality in the city. 

Multiple people have been reported dead as a curfew was invoked and violence continues around the city. 

Conservative Billionaire and President Sebastian Piñera has often praised the economic prosperity of Chile under his presidency. However, this seems disparate from the protesters and wider civilian view that the Chilean economy is inherently classicist. 

considerable economic inequality

Piñera has recently urged that he will ‘do everything not to fall into populism, into demagoguery’. Though in doing so, the businessman has led the country into the extreme opposite with considerable economic inequality: ‘for poor and middle-class families, the cost of living has been rising while wage[s] have remained the same’.

Though Piñera did state that he’d reverse the metro price hikes, this did little to quiet the protests, becoming now centred on the widespread economic inequality in Chile.

Moreover, Piñera’s imposed curfew did little to calm the unrest, as the declaration of a state of emergency, which was last invoked during Dictator Augusto Pinochet’s rule, allows for military presence on the streets and has caused understandable stress amongst the community.

People lined the streets with pots, pans and pictures

People lined the streets with pots, pans and pictures of those who were ‘disappeared’ under the rule of Pinochet, emphasising the awful repercussions that inequality and past civic unrest has had on Chile.

[This is a developing story and will be updated.] 

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