Chileans call for political change
HUNDREDS of thousands of protesters have rallied in cities across Chile, calling for immediate and wide-ranging government reforms that included a higher minimum wage, more affordable medication and a new constitution.
Approximately 100 unions and social organisations representing teachers, students, miners, doctors and flight crews called for strikes and marches.
The rally in Santiago was attended by about 80,000 people, according to the Government. Another 100,000 people were thought to have taken to the streets of the central Chilean city of Concepcion, while another 50,000 marched in the southern port city of Puerto Montt.
President Sebastian Pinera’s government vowed on Monday that it would move forward with a plan to rewrite the country’s dictatorship-era constitution.
The conservative governing parties are reluctant to convene a constituent assembly, as demanded by protesters.