Chile braces for fresh protests on 30th anniversary of return to democracy

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chilean President Sebastian Pinera celebrated 30 years since Chile’s return to democracy on Wednesday, even as scattered incidents of violence broke out across the capital alongside renewed calls for a mass protest against social injustice and inequality. Dictator Augusto Pinochet overthrew the democratically elected socialist government of Salvador Allende in September 1973. During Pinochet’s reign, which ended

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Chile police continue to use pellet rounds despite suspension

The use of ‘balines’ projectiles were suspended last week except in the most extreme situations. Antofagasta, Chile – Police in Chile continue to crack down on protests with contentious projectiles, despite the official suspension of their use this week in all but the most extreme situations. The projectiles – circular rubber-and-metal projectiles called “balines” – have caused the majority of

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Chile police stopped rescue workers helping dying protester: human rights watchdog

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chile’s independent human rights watchdog said on Saturday it would file a formal complaint for murder against police officers who allegedly prevented paramedics from attending a heart attack victim amid a protest Friday. Security forces firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons made it impossible for rescue workers to properly treat the victim, Chile’s publicly-funded National

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U.S., Chile discuss co-hosting APEC summit in U.S. in January: source

WASHINGTON/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The U.S. and Chilean governments are discussing co-hosting an APEC summit in the United States in January after Chile dropped plans to stage the event in Santiago this month, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. Malaysia’s foreign minister said earlier that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told him that the United States was thinking

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Chile copper mine output largely unaffected by protests despite some attacks

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chile’s copper mines have mostly maintained production and kept operations running normally in the face of weeks of unrest in the country, industry insiders told Reuters, though scattered incidents have hit some operations and uncertainty lingers. The Chile protests show little sign of letting up despite measures taken by President Sebastian Pinera. While most mines are in

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Support for Chile's Pinera lowest for president since Pinochet era: poll

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Support for Chile’s Sebastian Pinera has plunged to just 14% amid recent unrest, according to a poll published on Sunday, the lowest approval rating for a Chilean president since the country’s return to democracy three decades ago. The survey, published in local daily La Tercera, was conducted by Chilean pollster Cadem between Wednesday and Thursday. It came

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Chile protesters stay in streets as Pinera says their demands 'loud and clear'

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Protesters rallied in Santiago and around the country on Thursday afternoon as President Sebastian Pinera sent the first of a promised raft of legislation to Congress in a bid to address calls for an end to Chile’s entrenched inequality. Tens of thousands of protesters gathered for mainly peaceful demonstrations which on Thursday included dancing, some displays of

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Chile braces for more protests, strikes as Pinera's pleas fall on deaf ears

By Dave Sherwood and Natalia A. Ramos Miranda SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chile braced for more protests and a general strike by state workers on Wednesday, despite President Sebastian Pinera’s pleas for forgiveness and announcement of ambitious reforms to quell unrest that has rocked the country and led to at least 15 deaths. Workers at Chile’s state-owned Codelco, the world’s largest

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Chile lawmakers call for social reforms as protests mount

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Lawmakers who attended a crisis summit with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera’s ruling coalition called on Tuesday for reforms to tackle inequality in response to countrywide riots that sowed chaos in the South American nation and led to 15 deaths and the arrest of more than 2,600 people. Frustrations over the high cost of living and metro fare

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Man Utd flop Alexis Sanchez scores his first goal in five months to end 'worst' period of his career as Chile beat Japan 4-0 in the Copa America

ALEXIS SANCHEZ could not hide his joy after his five-month goal drought was smashed to bits to end the “worse” period of his career. Manchester United’s misfiring Chilean forward scored the third as his nation began their Copa America defence with a thumping 4-0 win over guest participants Japan last night. The 30-year-old, who pockets £505k-a-week at Old Trafford, has

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