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  • Citizens kiss during an anti-government protest in front of La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile October 31, 2019. Picture taken October 31, 2019.

    Citizens kiss during an anti-government protest in front of La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile October 31, 2019. Picture taken October 31, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 1 November 2019

The alleged interference of foreign actors is just a smokescreen to hide the effects of neoliberalism.

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Friday rejected U.S. accusations that Russia is trying to destabilize democracy in Chile.

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"The U.S. administration is taking advantage of Chile's difficult internal situation to continue its attempts to denigrate our country's foreign policy... Such unscrupulous methods have been used on numerous occasions earlier," Ryabkov said.

"We have never interfered, are not interfering today, and will not be interfering in any electoral or other internal political processes, wherever they are... We respect the sovereignty of any state."

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova also indicated that her country expects the Chilean crisis to be overcome "as soon as possible", in a "civilized" way and within the framework of the law.

The accusations about the Russian footprint in the Latin American protests are just "a smokescreen" to hide the consequences of neoliberalism, local political scientist Eduardo Luque told to RT.

"Economic policies being implemented in Ecuador and Chile harm most of the population," he added.

"Shouting it is not enough! I have heard, read and even seen on TV statements of rapes and torture. However, THERE IS NO JUSTICE yet. We march for a fairer, more dignified, rights-guaranteed Chile. We must not stop until we get that. #ChileViolatesHumanRigths."

As part of its official discourse on what is currently happening in Latin America, the U.S. government has tried to advance the idea that social unrest has been prompted by "foreign actors" who seek to inflame class struggle through Internet.

An unidentified State Department senior official would have said that Russia had “sought to exacerbate divisions, foment conflict and all round act as spoiler to responsible democratic debate.”

In that regard, for instance, the U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Michael Kozak, said that his government had identified "fake accounts" from Russia on social media. On this sort of statements, however, no details or evidence have been provided yet.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump also denounced foreign "interference" in the protests during a telephone conversation he had with Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera.

On that occasion, the White House did not specify either which countries are supposedly interfering in this South American country.

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