Since the CIA elevated Augusto Pinochet to power on an earlier 9/11 day of infamy in 1973 — replacing social democracy with tyrannical fascist rule — Pinochet’s ghost still haunts most Chileans.
Billionaire Sebastian Pinera governs the country with an iron fist, enforcing neoliberal harshness under police state rule.
Since 2019, millions of Chileans took to the streets against deep-seated corruption and inequality, high prices, poverty wages, and governance for privileged interests exclusively at the expense of most others.
For nearly half a century, Chilean ruling authorities followed Chicago School fundamentalist/IMF diktat policies.
They privatized state enterprises, handing them to corporate predators.
Mass layoffs, deregulation, deep social spending cuts, wage freezes or cuts, free market accesses for corporate America, business tax cuts, and tax increases for ordinary Chileans followed.
So did harsh repression against labor and other ordinary people.
Among 27 OECD member states, Chile ranks highest in income inequality.
Most Chileans demand Pinera’s resignation and a new constitution.
He remains in office. On Sunday, Chileans are voting up or down on drafting a new constitution to replace the current repressive one.
Ahead of Sunday’s vote, Chileans filled Santiago streets and elsewhere in the country for fundamental changes they demand.
They include higher wages, affordable prices, pension reform, free education and healthcare, along with a nation fit to live in.
Voting age Chileans are expected to turn out en masse for democratic change over fascist repression and a constitution that reflects it.
Widely despised Pinera has rock-bottom support of around 10% or less.
Choice for voters on Sunday is twofold: whether or not to draft a new constitution and if approved, what type body to prepare it.
On the latter issue, voters have two choices:
A constitutional convention with equal numbers of legislators and popularly elected delegates or a body comprised entirely of voter-elected members.
According to results of an Activa Research poll published on October 10, nearly 85% of Chileans want a new constitution, only 15% against drafting a new one.
Nearly 78% of respondents favor a “constitutional convention” option — MPs excluded,