Tag: Pinera, Sebastian

‘It’s Mutilation’: The Police in Chile Are Blinding Protesters

By BRENT McDONALD, MIGUEL TOVAR and ARMANDO DE LA CRUZ | Nov. 10, 2019 | 6:25 Our correspondent goes inside an eye trauma unit in Chile that’s responding to “an epidemic” of protesters who have been shot in the eye by police pellet guns.

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The Rage in Latin America

Latin Americans are furious. Aware that they don’t live in real democracies, the people of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia are taking to the streets. In Chile, Ecuador and Haiti, citizens are angry about social inequality and the lack of economic opportunity. Meanwhile, Argentina’s government is turning back to the Peronist-Kirchnerian left, and Mexico’s drug-related violence […]

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‘Chile Woke Up’: Dictatorship’s Legacy of Inequality Triggers Mass Protests

ImageA country upended: Protesters erected a barricade on a Santiago street last week. By Amanda Taub Photographs by Tomas Munita SANTIAGO, Chile — The suddenness of the protests, the anger that spilled onto the streets every day, might have been surprising anywhere. But in the country often lauded as Latin America’s great economic success story, […]

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‘A Very Dangerous Game’: In Latin America, Embattled Leaders Lean on Generals

An old but far from forgotten sight is returning to Latin America: presidents facing TV cameras, addressing the nation in a moment of crisis — flanked by their generals. In Ecuador, military leaders stood at attention behind President Lenín Moreno as he announced a state of emergency. A few days later, Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, […]

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Chile, Rocked by Unrest, Withdraws From Hosting Climate and Trade Summits

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. President Sebastián Piñera of Chile said on Wednesday that his country, which has been rocked by a wave of recent protests, was not in a position to host a key United Nations climate change meeting and major Asia-Pacific trade summit […]

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Chile President, Responding to Protests, Promises to Address Economic Woes

SANTIAGO, Chile — After days of protests that have virtually paralyzed Chile, President Sebastián Piñera asked for forgiveness on Tuesday night, announcing a set of conciliatory measures in the hope of defusing the country’s worst political crisis in 30 years. Mr. Piñera, in a televised address, acknowledged that his government and its predecessors had failed […]

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Chile Learns the Price of Economic Inequality

Chile is often praised as a capitalist oasis, a prospering and stable nation on a continent where both prosperity and stability have been in short supply. But that prosperity has accumulated mostly in the hands of a lucky few. As a result, Chile has one of the highest levels of economic inequality in the developed […]

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Chile Unrest Spreads, With 8 Deaths Reported in Violence

Violence and looting continued to rock Chile on Sunday, resulting in at least eight deaths as stores and other establishment were set alight despite the imposition of a state of emergency in at least six cities. The demonstrations started over a subway fare increase two weeks ago, which President Sebastián Piñera canceled on Saturday night. […]

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Chile Declares State of Emergency Amid Looting and Arson in Capital

SANTIAGO, Chile — President Sebastián Piñera of Chile declared a state of emergency in the capital after protests against public transportation fare hikes devolved into looting and arson targeting subway stations, banks and buses on Friday night. The demonstrations began earlier this week as a campaign by high school students, who jumped subway turnstiles to […]

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