MADRID, Oct. 31 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Government of the Chilean president, Sebastián Piñera, has received this Thursday in La Moneda the leaders of the main parties, both official and opposition, with a greater success than the last time, to give continuity to the “political dialogue” with the which aims to overcome the crisis unleashed by the massive protests over social inequality in the country.
Piñera already tried last week, when the state of emergency was still in force, but the Socialist and Communist parties and the left-wing coalition Frente Amplio gave him a rally because he considered that the head of government was ignoring the demands of Chileans in the streets
“The Minister of Interior and Public Security, Gonzalo Blumel, is pleased to invite you to a meeting at the Palacio de La Moneda (…) in order to continue the process of political dialogue that allows us to channel initiatives and approaches of its collective “, says the message that the Government has sent to party leaders.
The head of the Socialist Party (PS), Álvaro Elizalde, has confirmed his attendance. “This time all parties have been invited, without exclusions, and the state of emergency has been lifted,” he explained on Twitter. However, he has demanded that the Executive “also listen to the social world, unlike what happened last week.”
Instead, the Communist Party (PC) has declined the invitation again. “It is not the intention of the CP to obstruct the various dialogues, however, it is considered inappropriate to attend such an invitation in view that the main dialogue, basic for a relationship leading to an exit to citizen demands, is the one that the Government must maintain with the main social organizations of the country, “he argued in a statement.
In addition, it has indicated as “common objectives demanded by the” Chilean “citizenship the plebiscite and a new Constitution (…), wages and pensions on the poverty line and bills that resolve issues as felt as those affecting health care, transportation, education, recognition of native peoples, the end of the reintegration of the tax reform and a tax on the super rich, among others “.
The meeting is chaired by Blumel, who is accompanied by the Secretary General of the Presidency, Felipe Ward; the government spokeswoman, Karla Rubilar; the Minister of Finance, Ignacio Briones; and the Minister of Labor, María José Zaldívar.
“We come to La Moneda to be heard,” said the president of the Radical Party, Carlos Maldonado. “We hope to leave this meeting with concrete things. The willingness to talk, the analysis is not enough,” he warned in press statements on his arrival at the Government Palace.
“I hope that the Government will listen and act soon,” said the leader of the Party for Democracy (PPD), former Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz, according to the Chilean newspaper 'La Tercera'.
Blumel has first received the opposition parties and then will meet with the formations that make up the conservative coalition under which Piñera governs, Chile Vamos.
Protests broke out on October 17 over the fourth rise of the subway ticket in a few months but grew rapidly to denounce social inequality. Piñera has devised a “social agenda” and has remodeled the Government to respond to the concerns of Chileans, but the demonstrations continue.
In these almost two weeks, at least 19 people have died, more than a thousand have been injured and more than 3,000 have been arrested. In addition, the National Institute of Human Rights (NHRI) has denounced abuses by security forces against those arrested that would include torture and harassment, among other abuses.