Chile to finally end decades of injustice, oppression, racism, sexism and inequality.
Chile go to the polls Sunday for a historic referendum over whether the country should scrap its dictatorship-era constitution and write a new one.
Santiag referendum on Sunday, for dawn of new era to finally end decades of injustice, oppression, racism, sexism and inequality. Chileans vote whether to scrap the constitution from the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
Opinion surveys suggest the electorate will vote “yes,” bringing an end to the 40-year-old charter that was imposed during the rule of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, and has long been seen by many Chileans as the underlying source of many of their grievances.
The vote comes a year after Chile’s capital, Santiago, erupted in anti-government protests that were triggered by a small rise in public transportation fares, but which developed into a prolonged uprising over social and political inequality and spread to other cities.
Tensions are running high ahead of the referendum, stoked by violent skirmishes last Sunday at a gathering of tens of thousands of Chileans commemorating the one-year anniversary of the start of the mass protests. Several police stations were also attacked, and two churches were burned.
A new constitution was among the demands commonly made by demonstrators last year when they flooded the streets for nearly three months to vent their anger and call for change. The protesters raised a broad range of issues from the poor quality of pensions, health care and education, to private water rights and chronic abuses suffered by Chile’s Indigenous minority.