Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, whose government has been rocked by riots over inequality, ignited a fresh wave of anger after claiming that “many” videos on social media of police abuse of demonstrators were “fake news”, and unrest was being fomented by foreign governments.
Chileans took to the streets again on Tuesday, pouring by the thousands into plazas and shutting down main boulevards in a sign that government promises of reform continued to fall short. Police in armoured trucks watched over the gathering masses.
Embattled Chilean President Sebastian Piñera announced on Sunday that a state of emergency that has lasted more than a week amid mass protests would be lifted at midnight.
Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera announced an ambitious raft of measures on Tuesday, aiming to quell protests against his government with a guaranteed minimum wage, a hike in the state pension offering and the stabilization of electricity costs.
Tens of thousands of Chileans took to the streets throughout the country on Sunday, seeking to increase pressure on the government to throw out Chile’s private pension system in favor of one that would provide better retirement benefits.
A mass protest was cut short in Santiago, Chile, after police dispersed activists with tear gas and water cannon. According to protest organizers over 150,000 people had gathered in the city center to urge newly-elected President Michelle Bachelet to push ahead with her reform program.
One person was injured and 90 detained while trucks and buses were torched in Sao Paulo late Monday in renewed violence after police fatally shot a 17-year-old boy. A police statement said some of the rioters made use of firearms during the unrest and added that one pedestrian was injured during the shooting and rushed to hospital by police.
Brazil's sports minister Aldo Rebelo is not expecting waves of anti government protests during the World Cup next year arguing the Brazilian people will be more interested in celebrating the tournament than complaining about its cost.
United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay has asked Brazilian authorities to react with moderation to the social protests that have spread through out the country and at the same time has called on demonstrators to avoid using violence to get their message heard.
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, CFK, blasted on Tuesday union protesters who set a roadblock in the Ricchieri highway, one of the main routes of access to the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.