Updated 10/26/2019 3:35:43 CET
More than one million people demonstrate peacefully in Santiago, Chile. – SAMIR VIVEROS / AGENCIAUNO / SAMIR VIVEROS / AGENCIAUN
Fires and barricades are recorded and police officers use tear gas
MADRID, 26 (EUROPE PRESS)
More than a million people have taken to the streets this Friday in a peaceful and spontaneous way in the Plaza Italia of Santiago de Chile, after a week of violent protests against the Government of Sebastián Piñera, as reported by the Intendance of the Metropolitan Region from Santiago.
This march, which they have dubbed as the 'Largest March of Chile', has become the most massive since the return of democracy to the country, as collected by 'La Tercera', which has added that the number of attendees is increasing.
“The metropolitan region is the protagonist of a peaceful march of about one million people who represent the dream of a new Chile, in a transversal way without distinction,” said Mayor Karla Rubilar, while qualifying the day as “historic “.
Then, in 24-hour statements, Rubilar insisted that “people want a change, a new Chile.” “The reconstruction of the trusts is about a new Chile (…) This should not be attributed to any political party, here Chile is marching with different colors, and with much hope, this is a very strong sign that we have to take this manifestation and turn it into concrete actions, “he added.
For his part, the president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, has valued the march as “massive, cheerful and peaceful” in his Twitter account. In addition, he has specified that “Chileans ask for a more just and supportive Chile” and that the day “opens great paths for the future and hope.”
“We have all heard the message. We have all changed,” he added. “With unity and help from God, we will travel the road to that Chile better for all,” said the president.
Protests broke out last week over the fourth rise in the price of the subway ticket in a few months, but quickly grew to denounce social inequality. At least 19 people have died and hundreds have been arrested.
The National Institute of Human Rights (NHRI) has received complaints about torture, harassment and other abuses and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, has announced that she will send two people to the country for Investigate these facts.
Piñera, who initially responded with a state of emergency and curfews – measures that continue – later apologized for his “lack of vision” and announced a package of measures to reduce the gap between Chileans, despite which the manifestations continue.
“Within the Rule of Law and with total commitment to the defense of Human Rights, we have made every effort at our disposal to restore public order, to ensure and safeguard the peace and tranquility of citizens,” he said Friday .
The Chilean president has considered his “duty” and has “strongly” asked the other parties to “contribute to the recovery of peace.” “I ask that they take care of and care for their families, but that together we take care of our country,” he told the Chileans.
During the march, some protesters have lit barricades, according to 'La Tercera'. On the other hand, other people have burned access to the subway, according to Agency One.
Previously, the Carabineros have used tear gas at some points to confront groups of hooded protesters, the agency also reported.