Thousands of Chileans March Demanding Improved Social Services

A woman dressed in a Catrina costume flies a Mapuche indigenous flag during an anti-government protest in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Chile has been facing days of unrest, triggered by a relatively minor increase in subway fares. The protests have shaken a nation noted for economic stability over the past decades, which has seen steadily declining poverty despite persistent high rates of inequality. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Thousands of young Chileans are marching to demand improved social services as government and opposition leaders debate the response to nearly two weeks of protests that have paralyzed much of the capital and forced the cancellation of two major international summits.

The march on the presidential palace was peaceful Thursday afternoon on the first day of a four-day holiday weekend in Chile. Some observers said the massive waves of protests of the last two weeks appear to be at least temporarily losing momentum.

In a meeting earlier in the day, President Sebastián Piñera’s finance and interior ministers proposed changes to business tax breaks, which opposition leaders called insufficient.

Source: Associated Press – MARCOS SEPULVEDA