In Chile, President Apologizes for Government’s Failings As Violent Protests Continue

10/23/2019

Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera acknowledged government failures and announced economic reforms late Tuesday, in a move to restore calm amid widespread and sometimes violent protests over economic inequality.

In a nationally televised address, Piñera said he is listening to the people and apologized that Chile’s governments, including his own, have failed to see their problems, NPR’s Philip Reeves reports in the capital of Santiago.

The reforms include improved pensions, a higher minimum wage, and more taxes on the wealthy. Piñera has previously opposed such measures, Reeves reports.

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