The accelerated political mutation of Chile turned this Monday two years, and with multiple signs that it will not stop. It was on October 18, 2019 that a group of young students entered the Metro de Santiago network without paying the ticket, in protest for the increase of its value. Twenty-four months later, the impact of that action is amazing.
"I would like to improve education, health, I would love to be part of this new process of creating a new constitution, of creating this new Chile." The phrase is from Benjamín Saez, a 13-year-old student who was invited by the Convention Convention to listen to him. Despite the low profile of the constituent in recent weeks, among citizens there is enthusiasm. Attentive to this, television is including special programs in its programming to deepen the constitutional debate.
While this debate progresses, in the streets of multiple cities of the country, thousands of protesters left on Monday to remember on October 18, an emblematic date in the history of the country.
They did it almost without acts of violence in the urban centers, and the "almost" has to do with the explosion of a bomb in a container in the Ministry of Defense and with fires and Mapuche attacks in the south of the country, where four provinces are They keep in an exception status. And, also, with the appearance of a figure, the "mediator" of carabineros, which aims to moderate the historic hard hand and expeditious methods of the country's militarized police.
"They have been trained to fulfill a specific function, which is the first stage, the graduality of the intervention," explained a manager of Carabineros on Chilean television. Said more, they are responsible for speaking and persuading, a stage prior to entry into action of hydrant cars and rubber bullets that are traditionally the language of the carabineros.
And, although far from the worst moments of 2020, because the country has a very high vaccination rate, Covid's cases have consistently uploaded last week. A lot of this has to do with the reluctance to be vaccinated from a non-neglectable group of young people from urban areas.
Macroeconomics, which is being recovered evidently, in part, thanks to the partial retirement of money from pension funds, has as a counterpart microeconomics, the reality of the citizen on foot. "The conditions for mortgages are complicated: the dream of the home can end up in Nightmare," local television said on Monday.
In that environment, the Constituent Convention began drafting the new Constitution, while commemorating the anniversary of the revolt with the presidential elections on November 21, just a month away. And there there is a fundamental novelty: the extreme right leads the surveys for the first time.
José Antonio Kast is benefiting from the implosion of the official coalition that today governs in the currency with Sebastián Piñera. Sebastián Sichel, the candidate of him, was called to fight on the ballot of December 19 with the Hard Left, Gabriel Boric. But what is happening is that Sichel is a mesh of bad news, contradictions and dark hidden handles that jump to light day after day. The vote intention of him fell to 7%, although he is presented as "the only one" capable of defeating Boric in a possible second round.
So bad is Sichel's situation, which part of the centroderech (which is not leaning through Kast) is considering voting Yasna Provoste, the candidate of the center-left, to prevent the ballot Gane Boric. Because Kast will today have a 21% vote intention against 20 of Boric, but all surveys agree that in Chile an "Le Pen" effect would be given: the extreme right would lose the ballot.
Anyway, even falling on the second round, arriving in December would be a true triumph for Kast, which could be in the leader of opposition to the Government of the Coalition "I approve dignity", which includes the Communist Party, electorally strong in Chile. And so, the system of two coalitions -centroderecha and Centored-Chile dominated since 1990, would come to an end.Updated Date: 18 October 2021, 14:41