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Weekly Report - 21 May 2020 (WR-20-20)

CHILE: Social discontent spreads

The coronavirus (Covid-19) is not the only thing that has been quickly spreading in Chile this week. Discontent with the government led by President Sebastián Piñera and its handling of the epidemic has been growing, with public demonstrations being held in the capital and surrounding areas. The government has faced widespread protests over social and economic inequality since October 2019. The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic eased these protests and the government’s swift initial response even led to it regaining some public support. But with the strategy adopted by the Piñera administration to tackle the public health emergency and its economic fallout struggling, renewed social unrest is likely.

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