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Chile: Police Arrest 'No More AFP' Protesters in Santiago

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    Demonstrators hold a banner reading "No More AFP" (Pension Fund Administrators) during a rally against the national pension system in Santiago, Chile, November 30, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Published 30 November 2017
Opinion

Demonstrators are showing their discontent with the government’s proposed pension plan, known as AFP.

Several No More AFP protesters have been arrested by Chilean police as demonstrators show their discontent with the government’s pension plan, known as AFP, for retirees.

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Hundreds of No More AFP marchers continue to protest throughout Santiago, including in front of the Ministry of Labor.

The No More AFP movement wants the government to eliminate the current pension system put in place by former dictator Augusto Pinochet. The system is dependent on the capital market system and is controlled by private banks. Instead, they want to create a public pension system.

This afternoon, representatives from No More AFP will meet with Sen. Alejandro Guillier of the Radical Social Democratic Party and representatives of the Broad Front coalition to discuss the protesters' demands.

Luis Mesina from No More AFP said he wants the government to “respond to the majority demands of the people" who overwhelmingly voted against the program on Oct. 1. That day, 90 percent of the Chilean citizenry voted to switch from a private to a public pension system.

The protests are expected to last into the night as marchers are scheduled hold another round of protests in Santiago at 7:00 p.m. local time.

No More AFP organizers also called for a national strike and for workers to “go to work late” and to “not use government services or send kids to school," among other acts of protest.

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