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One million Chileans marched to the capital's central square on Friday, October 25th, 2019. They joined what has been dubbed "the biggest march in Chile" against the government of President Sebastian Piñera and his abuses of power.
Demonstrations began on October 6th, after the government announced an increase in metro and bus fares. Mass protests escalated in Santiago and other cities over the following days to demand President Piñera's resignation and to denounce high living costs, rising electricity prices, the privatization of water, low pensions, expensive health care and education system, amongst other social issues. According to the Chilean National Institute of Human Rights, 2840 people have been arrested and 582 have been injured in the protests. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) indicates that at least 18 people have been killed.
These social demonstrations are known as “Chile despertó” (Chile woke up).
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