Santiago, Chile – Fleeing political persecution, 73-year-old Maria Eliana Ramirez left Chile in 1974, the yr after Basic Augusto Pinochet took energy in a US-backed coup.
Hundreds of civilians have been executed and forcibly disappeared through the 17-year dictatorship, which led to 1990.
Ramirez returned to Santiago eight years in the past after residing in Canada for greater than 4 a long time, however seeing the navy within the streets during the last two weeks has evoked recollections of the killings and disappearances through the dictatorship, she stated.
On Monday, Ramirez joined tens of 1000’s of different Chileans within the streets to participate in ongoing protests in opposition to rising inequality and calling for a brand new structure.
“A brand new structure is the primary factor,” she stated.
Though it has undergone many reforms over the a long time, Chile’s present structure was written by a small fee throughout Pinochet’s rule. Protesters need a participatory constitutional meeting to draft a brand new structure, laying the muse for a state consultant of all Chileans and their priorities.
“We now have a structure that was established throughout a dictatorship,” Cristina Paillal, an indigenous Mapuche activist and college engineering pupil, advised Al Jazeera in central Santiago.
“It units out our neoliberal financial mannequin,” she stated. “We now have…