What riots can achieve

In Uncategorized on 23/10/2019 at 6:34 pm

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera announced reforms aimed at ending days of violent protests sparked by a rise in metro prices. The protests grew into something bigger as thousands took to the streets over austerity and inequality.

He planned to increase the basic pension by 20%, increase the minimum wage and introduce a new higher tax bracket. Electricity rates will also be cut under the reform plan. He also proposed a law that would see the state cover the costs of expensive medical treatments.

Mr Piñera said he had received a clear message from Chileans, saying he hoped to turn recent violent protests into an “opportunity” for Chile “to make up for lost time, pick up the pace and take concrete and urgent steps”.

(The following was added on 24 October at 9.30am)

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