Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera rejected accusations about the human rights violations committed by the public forces during anti-government protests by extremists.
Addressing the 2019 United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP25) in Madrid on Monday, Pinera said his country experienced “three simultaneous but very different situations” in the past six weeks.
Chile experienced great economic and social progress during the past years that place the country as the leading power of Latin America regarding economic and human development.
Pinera underlined that his administration has a powerful social agenda to fulfill the greater social justice demand of protestors, as well as a new social pact for a new Constitution which was accepted to replace the one dating back to the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.
We are sure that with the unity and greatness that has always characterized the Chilean people, we will overcome these difficult times.
The climate conference had been set to take place in Santiago, Chile, but due to the unrest in the capital Santiago, it was moved to Spain’s capital. The Latin American country, however, secures the presidency of the meeting.
The protests, which began in response to a now-suspended 4% transport fare hike, turned violent on Oct. 19, with at least 23 people killed.
According to the National Institute of Human Rights, more than 6,000 people have been arrested and 2,400 others, including 241 eye injuries, injured over the past month.
Anadolu Agency / ABC Flash Point News 2019.