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Protests mark second anniversary of social unrest in Chile

Chile's capital Santiago woke up to several protests on Monday (October 18) to mark the second anniversary of the start of riots against inequality that left around 30 people dead and a trail of destruction around the city.

The 2019 protests - a mix of large, peaceful marches and smaller, violent riots - triggered a powerful social shift in the Andean country and led to the formation of a representative assembly to redraft the market-oriented constitution.

The anniversary comes as Chile is headed for polarized presidential and legislative elections on November 21, with voters set to choose between a resurgent progressive left pledging social reforms and conservatives who would stick closer to the status quo in the world's top copper-producing nation.

In recent days, calls have circulated on social media for demonstrations to be held around the country to commemorate the start of the 2019 protests on October 18.

(Source: Reuters)

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