Last October Chile burned on all four sides. The rise in transport fares triggered riots against the cost of living, low pensions, healthcare prices and a general rejection of the political class. The number of protesters and level of violence were on an unprecedented scale since the fall of the dictatorship and left dramatic consequences: twenty-seven deaths, thousands of civilians and police officers hospitalised, some ten thousand detained and very serious human rights violations and economic losses worth three billion dollars. Popular unrest was widespread and days later, it also spread across Ecuador, Bolivia and Colombia.
In response to these protests, the Chilean government announced a “New Social Agenda” with measures on pensions, health and wages. All Chilean political parties have signed the “Agreement for Social Peace and the New Constitution” to conduct a new constitutional process.
Fuad Chahín, president of the Christian Democratic Party and one of the signatories of the agreement, will help us understand the reality of a conflict that, in his opinion, reflects the inequality and unrest of a population that feels left out of the country’s development. How will the political class guarantee Chile’s dignity, social justice and democracy in the future?