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An anti-government protester waves a Chilean flag in Santiago. An anti-government protester waves a Chilean flag in Santiago, Oct. 29, 2019 (AP photo by Rodrigo Abd).

Can Pinera Deliver the Kind of Change Chileans Want?

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019

Chile witnessed the largest protests in its history last weekend, with more than 1 million people filling the streets of Santiago to demand the government deal with economic inequality and the high cost of living—and to express their outrage over the authorities’ repression of an initial wave of protests earlier this month. For a moment, the massive demonstrations seemed like the climax to a movement that began two weeks ago in response to a subway fare hike, and that had seemed to be on the cusp of fizzling out.

Instead, protests have continued this week, and more are planned for next week. It wouldn’t be surprising if they carried deep into November. President Sebastian Pinera must think so too, as he announced Wednesday that Chile would no longer host a major Asia-Pacific trade summit in mid-November or a U.N. climate conference in early December. ...

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