Chilean streets filled for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak as millions of people turned out to vote on whether to tear up its Pinochet-era constitution in favour of a fresh charter drafted by citizens.
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Police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse stone-throwing students outside the landmark National Institute school in the centre of Santiago.
Authorities have been trying to restore calm in Santiago, which has been roiled by a crisis that erupted over metro fare hikes but escalated into the most severe outbreak of social unrest since the end of Pinochet's dictatorship nearly 30 years ago.
Approved by President Sebastian Pinera, Chileans will on April 26 decide whether they want a new constitution and if they do, whether the body that draws up the new document should be a popularly elected assembly or one mixed with current lawmakers.
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Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Wednesday announced that his country is pulling out of organizing Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit and UN Climate Change Conference amid escalating violence in country-wide protests.
The Chilean government's treatment of protesters is reviving painful memories of the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
More than a million Chileans have taken to the streets calling for reforms of the country’s economic structure but it was a hike to metro fares that proved the spark for unrest.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera unveiled a major cabinet reshuffle on Monday as he battles to find a response to more than a week of street protests that have left at least 20 people dead.
The president asked all his cabinet members to resign, saying that he understands the message of the protests and promising that change is coming.
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