Protesters are angry about low salaries and pensions, poor public healthcare and education, and a yawning gap between rich and poorSANTIAGO, Nov 1 (AFP)
Chile’s Government met with Opposition leaders on Thursday in a fresh bid to end deadly protests that forced the country to abandon hosting two major economic and climate summits, but Leftist parties poured scorn on the efforts. The unrest started with protests against a rise in transport tickets and other austerity measures and descended into vandalism, looting, and clashes between demonstrators and police.
Protesters are angry about low salaries and pensions, poor public healthcare and education, and a yawning gap between rich and poor. Pinera has reshuffled his Government and announced a series of measures aimed at placating protesters. But they have continued demanding that the right-wing billionaire president step down.
Protests erupted again on Thursday as thousands of Chileans wearing Halloween masks and alien costumes swarmed the Plaza Italia -- the epicentre of the demonstrations -- in response to a leaked recording of First Lady Cecilia Morel complaining the situation in the country was like an alien invasion. Hundreds of other protesters marched along Santiago’s main avenue to the presidential palace.