Chile president announces package of social measures to stem protests

SANTIAGO: Chile President Sebastian Pinera announced a package of social measures on Tuesday in a bid to bring an end to five days of violent protests that left 15 dead.

Chile president announces package of social measures to stem protests

Sebastian Pinera. AFP file

Santiago, October 23

Chile President Sebastian Pinera announced a package of social measures on Tuesday in a bid to bring an end to five days of violent protests that left 15 dead.

Pinera vowed to increase the universal basic pension by 20 per cent, freeze tariffs on electricity and propose a law that would see the state cover the costs of expensive medical treatment.

“Faced with the legitimate needs and social demands of the citizenship, we have received with humility and clarity the message Chileans have given us,” said Pinera in an address at the presidential palace in Santiago. AFP

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