Overwhelming Majority Vote to Throw Out Pinochet-Era Constitution in Chile

Caption: A jubilant crowd as red flares, fires and lasers light up Plaza de la Dignidad, also known as Plaza Italia, on Day 50 of the Peoples’ Uprising. photolangelle.org (2019)

Note: GJEP’s co-founders Orin Langelle and Anne Petermann spent nearly a month in Chile last year documenting the peoples’ uprising in Chile and meeting with people about its origins and demands. One of these demands was a new Constitution to replace the existing Constitution written during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, who came to power in a US-backed coup that assassinated democratically elected Socialist Salvador Allende.  The dictatorship ushered Neoliberalism into Chile, which became an experiment for policies that advanced Neoliberalism’s disastrous unregulated free-market capitalism.

On Sunday, 25 October 2020, the people of Chile overwhelmingly voted to throw out that Constitution and write a new one.  The hard work, however, is just beginning to create a new Constitution and a new system that will eliminate injustice and top-down Neoliberalism. A process that benefits all Chileans–including especially the Indigenous Mapuche People who have suffered greatly under Neoliberalism is being taken up.

For more of GJEP’s coverage from Chile’s Uprising visit https://globaljusticeecology.org/category/news-and-analysis/


Chileans overwhelmingly vote to scrap Pinochet-era constitution

Buenos Aires Times 25 October 2020

The result set off wild celebrations across the capital and other cities after voters turned out in droves to throw-out the constitution left by the regime of 1973-1990 dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Thousands of people flocked onto the streets of Santiago amid a cacophany of horn-blaring to celebrate victory for the “Approve” campaign within minutes of the polls closing.

“I never imagined that us Chileans would be capable of uniting for such a change!” said a jubilant María Isabel Nuñez, 46, as she walked in the crowd hand-in-hand with her 20-year-old daughter.

With more than half the votes counted, the “Approve” campaign had amassed 77.9 percent of the vote, with the “Reject” campaign polling just 22.10 percent. Among the 60,000 Chileans living abroad who voted in 65 nations, the vote was 86 percent for a new constitution and 13 percent against, officials said. About 15 million Chileans were eligible to vote.

Acknowledging the result, President Sebastián Piñera called on the nation to work together for a “new constitution” in a speech broadcast from his Moneda Palace surrounded by his Cabinet.

“This plebiscite is not the end, it is the beginning of a path that we must all walk together to agree on a new constitution for Chile,” Piñera said.

“Today, peace has prevailed over violence,” he added. “It is a triumph of the Chileans that love democracy and peace.”

“Until now, the constitution has divided us. From today we must all work together so that the new constitution is the great framework of unity, stability and the future.”

To read more visit Buenos Aires Times

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