Over one million people took to the streets of Chile’s capital, Santiago, on Friday calling for huge social and political change in the country.
The huge protest followed a week of widespread and at times violent unrest over inequality. In a Twitter post on Friday night, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said:
The massive, joyful and peaceful march today, where Chileans ask for a more just and supportive Chile, opens great paths for the future and hope.
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We have all heard the message. We have all changed. With unity and help from God, we will walk the path to a Chile that’s better for everyone.
The Chilean government has however responded with heavy-handedness, with armed forces being deployed to quell the unrest.
Reports indicate that at least 19 people have been killed, and more than 3,100 detained.