Chile One Year Later: From Street Rage to the Ballot Box to Change Constitution

Chileans can decide whether to approve or reject a new constitution and whether it should be drafted by a specially elected citizens’ body or a mix of citizens and lawmakers.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -  Chilean streets filled for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday, October 25th, as millions of people turned out to vote on whether to tear up its Pinochet-era constitution in favour of a fresh charter drafted by citizens.

The La Moneda government palace is surrounded by metal bars. Stores, closed by quarantine or bankrupt and with "for sale" signs, have their metal shutters down.

On them, on the walls and bus stops in downtown Santiago, one can read: "I approve", "freedom to political prisoners", "for our pensioners", "New constitution is communism", "São . . .

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