Chile

Chile: same-sex marriage legalised; Gabriel Boric sworn in as President

On 11th March 2022, Gabriel Boric of Social Convergence was sworn in, becoming Chile’s youngest ever president. Boric is a former student union leader who had a key role in 2011 mass protests for free public education. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Chile: same-sex marriage legalised; Gabriel Boric sworn in as President

Chile: HRD killed during protest, anti-migrant demonstrations and concerning internet bill

Opposition politicians launched impeachment proceedings against Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, over possible irregularities in the sale of a mining company, after new details about the deal were revealed in leaked documents. People took to the streets in protests by Mapuche communities, anti and pro-immigration groups and reproductive rights activists. In addition, a new bill on digital platforms could have important negative impacts on freedom of expression. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Chile: HRD killed during protest, anti-migrant demonstrations and concerning internet bill

Chile: Constitutional Convention begins its work

On 15th and 16th May 2021, over 6 million people in Chile voted in the election of 155 members of the Constitutional Convention, the body responsible for drafting a new Constitution for the country. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Chile: Constitutional Convention begins its work

Chile: overwhelming majority approves Constitutional Convention

On 25th October 2020, an overwhelming majority of people in Chile voted in support of rewriting the country’s Constitution, paving the way for a Constitutional Convention which will be composed by representatives elected in April 2021. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Chile: overwhelming majority approves Constitutional Convention

Protesters return to the streets ahead of constitutional referendum in Chile

On 25th October 2020, Chile is scheduled to hold a plebiscite to decide if the country will draft a new constitution, a key demand of the mass protests that started at the end of 2019. For many, this process would represent the hope of establishing a new social pact founded on human dignity and pluralism, replacing the current constitution which dates back to the country’s military regime. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Protesters return to the streets ahead of constitutional referendum in Chile

Chilean police forces repress protests with COVID-19 regulations

On 18th March 2020, the Chilean government issued a decree that established an exceptional “state of catastrophe” for three months due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The legislation also allowed the president to take further measures such as restrictions on gatherings in public spaces and individuals’ movement, quarantines or curfews. Read more

Chilean police forces repress protests with COVID-19 regulations

Chile: Feminist anthem goes viral and sustained protests lead to referendum on a new constitution

Chileans have continued to mobilise since the protests against higher transportation tariffs in October 2019 grew into nationwide demonstrations, as reported previously by the Monitor. As protests extended into November 2019, calls built up for the creation of a constituent assembly to write a new constitution for Chile. Read more

Chile: Feminist anthem goes viral and sustained protests lead to referendum on a new constitution

“Chile has awoken”: several demonstrators killed and thousands detained in massive protests

Over a million people took to the streets in Chile during October 2019, in what started as a protest against higher transportation tariffs and developed into a nationwide movement. On 4th October 2019, a 30 peso (US$ 0.04) increase in metro fares was announced, prompting student-led protests. As the government cracked down on demonstrators, thousands of people joined in to express their general discontent with Chile’s high living costs and growing inequality. Read more

“Chile has awoken”: several demonstrators killed and thousands detained in massive protests

New mass surveillance system concerns Chilean civil society

Civil society organisations have issued a public statement rejecting President Piñera's new Mobile Surveillance System, which uses facial recognition and other technologies to monitor public spaces. In the period covered by this update, thousands of Chilean teachers have been on strike mobilising for improvements in the public education system. Read more

New mass surveillance system concerns Chilean civil society

Massive protests over the killing of young indigenous man Camilo Catrillanca

On 15th November 2018, thousands mobilised in towns and cities in Chile to condemn the assassination of young indigenous man, Camilo Catrillanca by the specialised police unit, known as Comando Jungla (Jungle Command). Read more

Massive protests over the killing of young indigenous man Camilo Catrillanca