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Chilean President under intense criticism

Santiago, Chile, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) President Sebastian Piñera and his government received a barrage of criticism from the opposition and the ruling party, and explicit discontent in the streets, amid growing isolation.

The trigger for the generalized discontent was the presentation by the executive of a request in the Constitutional Court to stop a legislative project that seeks allowing a third withdrawal of 10 percent from pension funds.

Generalized pot-banging, demonstrations, barricades and even attacks on two police stations in the capital, took place on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning throughout the country.

The Chilean Port Union announced in a statement that it would go on a strike starting on Wednesday in response to ‘Piñera’s criminal government.’

The statement indicates that resorting to the court ‘is an act of arrogance that adds to the abandonment by the Government of millions of Chileans who have had to dip into their own savings to deal with the pandemic.’

The entire political arc reacted immediately, and Senate Speaker Yasna Provoste, from the Christian Democratic Party, assured that the executive’s decision closes ‘spaces for political deliberation.’

Meanwhile, the idea of presenting a constitutional accusation against the president is gaining momentum, and parliamentarians from several parties were willing to move in that direction, even though, as on previous occasions, it will be difficult to prosper due to the right’s refusal to apply this measure.

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