“There is a lot of interest to see what is happening”

He social outbreak generated great interest in various countries of the world already one year from October 18, we talked with foreign journalists that followed the development of the crisis in Chile.

How much has the international image of our country changed since then? Y How is the next constitutional plebiscite analyzed? They and they respond.

Few times the name of Chile had been heard so much in the media around the planet as it happened during 2019. And it is that in a year convulsed by protests around the world, many were surprised by what happened since October 18 in our country.

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“Here was a great surprise and I understand that also a I really wanted to understand what was happening “reports Julieta Nassau, journalist for the newspaper The nation, of Argentina, who assures that even “last year I wrote on the subject of repression and abuse of the security forces ”.

On the other hand, Sylvia Colombo, her newspaper peer leaf, from Brazil, explains that in that country “There is a somewhat idealized image of Chile, from an organized country that has a well-structured society and that there is little inequality ”.

It is the perception of part of the foreign press that covered the so-called “Chilean social outbreak.” One year after its inception, they comment how the view towards our country has changed these 12 months.

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“At that time we were seeing how to uncover the hidden reality that Chile had, that superficially there was a lot of progress, “he says John Bartlett, British journalist and correspondent for The Guardian.

“I think that the social outbreak, in all its manifestations, which included police excesses and human rights violations, obviously it will have an impact on the image of Chile in the world “, warns the editor and columnist of The Economist, Michael Reid.

But let’s go back to that last quarter of 2019. The weeks passed and the massive demonstrations did not stop. The world was still aware of what was happening in this southern corner of the planet. until It arrived on November 15 and this was reported by the international press:

“After several weeks of massive protests, the Chilean Congress has agreed to hold a plebiscite to replace the Constitution of the Pinochet era ”.

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It was the political agreement that partly calmed the spirits in the streets and that also It relieved the government of President Sebastián Piñera from the greatest socio-political crisis since the return of democracy.

“This offered a constructive and important potential outlet for the country, faced with a situation of many demands and social discontent, ”says Reid.

Thus, at the end of that year, the call for the plebiscite that would consult Chileans if they agree with the drafting of a new Magna Carta. A historical moment that was also analyzed in the international media.

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“I believe that the fact that this movement has achieved that plebiscite is held, validated those demonstrations,” he says. Charis Mcgowan, British journalist and correspondent for The Guardian.

“It is surprising that Piñera calls for this plebiscite, but it is not surprising that he does so after so many failed attempts to control the position. I think it is positive for Piñera that he has taken this step “Colombo warns.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the plebiscite to be postponed to October 25 and also focused global attention on that emergency. But the possibility of drafting a new Chilean Constitution continues to arouse interest.

“As the Pinochet dictatorship was known throughout the world and as the Constitution of 1980 is an inheritance of the dictatorship, out there there is a lot of interest to see what is happening in Chile “admits Sophia Boddenberg, German correspondent in Chile.

A vote that will be historic, but that could be only the first step to end the social crisis that changed the way the world looks at our country.


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