SANTIAGO, Oct. 22 (Agency One / EP) –
Some of the main parties of the Chilean opposition have announced on Tuesday that they will not attend the dialogue convened by the president, Sebastián Piñera, to move towards a “social agreement” that will put an end to the protests that began last week over the rise of the Subway ticket price.
Piñera summoned opposition parties for a meeting in La Moneda, scheduled for the next few hours, on Monday, with the purpose of agreeing on a solution to the political crisis that has been unleashed in just a few days.
However, some matches have already been ruled out. “We believe that dialogue is indispensable and urgent, but it must be an open dialogue and we believe that the President's call does not meet those conditions,” said the head of the parliamentary group of the Socialist Party (PS) Manuel Monsalve.
Monsalve has explained that, on the one hand, the PS “rejects the military presence” in the streets as a result of the state of emergency declared by Piñera to contain the protests and, on the other, has argued that “Chile is not only the parties of the position , Chile is also the social world and cannot be excluded from a pact. ”
The Communist Party will also be low, which has been invited 'in extremis' this morning. Its leader, Guillermo Teillier, said in an interview with Radio Bío Bío that it is not “convenient” to go to the meeting in La Moneda because “social movements are not heard”.
“The first obligation that the president has today is to listen to citizens. Listen to those who are mobilized, to social organizations, and not to solve this situation as they always do,” said the head of Social Convergence, Gael Yeomans, who also He has advanced that they will not go to the Government Palace.
These are important casualties since the PS and the PC are two of the main parties that make up the New Majority, the first opposition force in Parliament. “It is unfortunate because today our country requires us all,” the government spokeswoman, Cecilia Pérez, reacted, trusting that they “reflect.”
Protests broke out last week over the government's decision to raise the price of the subway ticket for the fourth time in recent months. The demonstrations have been radicalized over the weekend with damage to public transport and looting. At least 15 people have died.
In this context, Piñera declared a state of emergency last Friday and imposed a curfew in Santiago and other cities. At the moment, it has reversed the controversial measure by freezing the price of the subway ticket.