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Chileans participate in general strike and street demonstrations

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Chileans participate in general strike and street demonstrations

Thousands of people are taking part in a general strike on Tuesday in several cities in Chile to protest against the improvement of basic rights such as education, health and the right to retirement.

The strike was called by the Unidad Social platform, formed by trade union, student and social organizations, after more than three weeks of acts to demand the end of inequality and the neoliberal model implemented by the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, between 1973 and 1990.

The march in Chile's capital began in Plaza Italia, which became the epicenter of popular unrest and ended in the city's historic center, right next to the La Moneda Palace, the seat of the presidency.

The big claim became the drafting of a new constitution, as the current one was passed in 1980 in a questioned referendum. Protesters point out that the text is the source of the great inequality in the country, as it favored the privatization of key sectors.

On Sunday, President Sebastián Piñera began the process for a new constituent, but has been criticized by the opposition and on the streets for proposing that current parliamentarians be responsible for drafting the Magna Carta.

In the region of Magallanes, Concepción, in cities like Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, among others, there were also acts triggered by the general strike.

In Valparaiso, inclusive, the National Congress suspended all sessions scheduled for this Tuesday, for security reasons and displacement.

Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, located on the outskirts of Santiago, operated normally and there was no cancellation, although some officials joined the general strike.

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