2019 Chilean Protests

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Drafting of new constitution approved by a large majority of Chileans
Drafting of new constitution approved by a large majority of Chileans
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With massive participation in the plebiscite, citizens turned to the polls. There are celebrations in the Plaza Italia in downtown Santiago, and in various parts of the country. On the body that must write the new text, the option of the constitutional convention, jointly and integrated only by citizens elected for that purpose, is imposed with 78.8%

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Referendum in Chile starts to determine the possible change of constitution
Referendum in Chile starts to determine the possible change of constitution
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The polls opened in Chile this Sunday for a historic referendum on whether the country's constitution, which comes from the era of dictator Augusto Pinochet, will be discarded and replaced by a new charter to be formulated, one of the main demands of the protests that took over the country last year.

More than 14.8 million people can vote in 2,715 locations across the country, although those suffering from Covid-19 have been warned to stay away under threat of arrest.

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Chilean special forces commander arrested over blinding of a student during protest
Gustavo Gatica, with sunglasses and a cane, in a demonstration in March, 2020
Gustavo Gatica, with sunglasses and a cane, in a demonstration in March, 2020 Credit: BarbyBox (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Claudio Crespo, Chilean police special Special Forces commander, was detained early Friday over the blinding of the student Gustavo Gatica during protests in November 2019.
The psychology student Gatica, was blinded in both eyes by police rubber bullets during the protests against the government of President Sebastian Piñera.
Crespo, known as "G3", was discharged last June for manipulating the images recorded by his GoPro camera.