Through a letter, a group of 200 international leaders and figures asked Chilean men and women to approve the new Constitution on September 4. The text highlights the most significant points contained in this proposal.
A group of 200 international leaders and figures, including American intellectual Noam Chomsky and British parliamentarian Jeremy Corbyn, They asked Chileans in a letter this Thursday to approve the new Constitution that will be submitted to a plebiscite on September 4.
The letter, coordinated by the Progressive International, is also signed by former French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon; US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib; the Italian-American writer Silvia Federici; and various leaders of the Spanish left, such as Lilith Verstrynge, Secretary of State for the 2030 Agenda.
“This Constitution demonstrates the solutions to the crises that afflict societies around the world”, indicated the signatories, from more than 25 countries.
The leaders added that, if approved in the plebiscite on September 4, the new text “will establish the country on a solid foundation of equal democracy and will inspire the peoples of the world.”
In the letter they reviewed the aspects included in the constitutional proposal that in their opinion are the most significant and highlighted that the text “recognizes that nature has rights”, “acts against inequality”, “responds to indigenous dispossession” and “opposes gender oppression.”
“We recognize the decades of struggle that made this Constitution possible, from the courageous resistance to the Pinochet dictatorship and his military junta to the uprising against President Sebastián Piñera and his neoliberal orthodoxy,” they pointed out, referring to the 2019 wave of protests. .
The leaders also emphasize that “the Constitution echoes insecurity, guaranteeing health, decent work, housing, water and healthy food as inalienable rights.”
“In the streets and at the polls, the people of Chile have shown the courage to recover and transform their society. The new Constitution is a visionary document that sets the course for the next chapter of this transformation. We celebrate this historic achievement,” they stated in the letter.
Chileans are called to the polls on September 4 to decide if they want to approve the new Constitution or keep the current one.
Approve vs. Reject
Let us remember that according to the results of the latest Cadem Public Square survey, Rejection would prevail over Approval in the exit plebiscite. However, this last option managed to reduce the distance to 8 points with less than 3 weeks to go before the vote.
It is worth mentioning that last week more than 40 international economists gave their support to the new Constitution through a letter.
“We, economists and social scientists from around the world, praise the Chilean constitutional convention and the visionary document it has produced to ensure sustainable growth and shared prosperity for Chile,” was part of the professionals’ statement.