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Chilean leader acknowledges excess force used in protests

Nov. 18, 2019 8:15 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s president is struggling to bring calm as demonstrators took to the streets again Monday, a month into a potent protest movement that has dramatically altered the political landscape of the South American nation. More protests erupted after President Sebastián...

Chileans agree to replace dictatorship-era constitution

Nov. 15, 2019 3:30 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s most important political parties agreed Friday to call for a new constitution to replace one imposed by a military dictatorship almost 40 years ago, a move that follows a month of turbulent social protests in the streets. The agreement calls for an April 2020...

Pensioners struggling to survive join Chile protests

Nov. 15, 2019 12:20 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Seventy-seven-year-old María Gonzalez is tired of waking up, Monday to Friday, to sell toilet paper in the Chilean capital. Her meager $146 monthly pension puts her below the poverty line, which in Chile is around $222 a month. “I feel tired. Honestly, I’m...

Chile enters 26th day of protest with strike, huge marches

Nov. 12, 2019 11:18 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Protests against social inequality continued for a 26th day with huge demonstrations across Chile and a national strike that brought much of the country to a standstill Tuesday, while the value of the national currency fell to a record low. Thousands of people marched peacefully in...

Opposition rejects plan for new Chilean Constitution

Nov. 11, 2019 5:04 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A plan by President Sebastián Piñera to draft a new constitution for Chile was criticized Monday by the opposition and even his own political ranks. The proposal unveiled Sunday by Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel is one of a series of measures aimed at quelling weeks of...

Chile: president promotes minimum wage hike to quell unrest

Nov. 6, 2019 10:46 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's president sent a bill to Congress on Wednesday that would raise the minimum wage, one of a series of measures to try to contain nearly three weeks of anti-government protests over inequality in one of Latin America's richest countries. President Sebastian Piñera signed...

Chile protests resume, demonstrations crimp economic growth

Nov. 4, 2019 9:30 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Thousands of Chileans took to the streets again Monday to demand better social services, some clashing with police, as protesters demanded an end to economic inequality even as the government announced that weeks of demonstrations are hurting the country's economic growth. The latest...

Chile backs away from tax breaks on the rich amid protests

Nov. 2, 2019 12:51 AM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's government said on Friday that it is backing away from a plan to cut corporate taxes following two weeks of protests fed by anger of inequality. Tens of thousands were demonstrating again Friday in the capital, continuing protests that have shaken the country and forced the...

Chileans reject president's concessions, plan new protests

Oct. 29, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Thousands of Chileans filled a plaza in the capital Tuesday in the 12th day of demonstrations that began with youth protests over a subway fare hike and transformed into a leaderless national movement demanding greater equality and better public services in a country long seen as an...

Fresh protests, looting erupt in Chile despite new Cabinet

Oct. 29, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Fresh protests and attacks on businesses erupted in Chile Monday despite President Sebastián Piñera's replacement of eight key Cabinet ministers with more centrist figures and his attempts to assure the country he has heard calls for greater equality and improved social...