The Chilean government has bowed to pressures of protesting citizens demanding social reforms and a change to the ‘archaic’ constitution following a staged bare-chest political protest by a 36-year-old singer Mon Laferte, ABC News can report.
While walking the red carpet to receive an award at the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas, Laferte stopped and opened her black jacket to reveal the phrase “En Chile torturan violan y matan” on her chest, which translates to “In Chile, they torture, rape and kill.”
The singer’s demonstration adds up to a series of anti-government protest which is demanding among other things, the establishment of the state’s responsibility to provide healthcare and education, which they insist has not been captured in the current constitution which was drafted during the pre-democracy era of the military leader, Augusto Pinochet.
According to reports by BBC, the “Agreement for Peace and a New Constitution” was signed at midnight after long negotiations which has scheduled the referendum to take place in April 2020.
The referendum will ask voters if they want the constitution to be replaced and will also ask voters who think it should be replaced to choose between three different bodies to draw up a new constitution. The options are a body of fully elected representatives, political appointees or an equal mix of both.
The protest which has left at least 20 people dead and about 1,000 injured is not the first to be recorded in the history of Chile as 2006 recorded a similar fearless protest by high school students who protested against the country’s education system in a series of demonstrations known as the Penguin Revolution in reference to the black and white uniform the students wore.
Another series of student demonstrations were recorded from 2011-2013 where university students demanded a new framework for education in the country, including more direct state participation in secondary education and an end to the existence of profit in higher education.
Chile has been rocked by unrest over the past month with riots, arson and looting.
The country’s independent National Human Rights Institute says it has brought legal action to over 179 cases, including alleged murders, sexual violence and torture by the military police.