Santiago, Chile: This is the moment a defiant protester armed with just his french horn and his courage faces alone scores of chilean army soldiers and riot policemen that terrorize a neighborhood under revolt in Santiago.
As seen in the video uploaded by Eneas Espinoza on Twitter on Saturday, 2 November 2019, he taunts dozens of soldiers by playing and later shouting the song “El pueblo unido jamás será vencido” (The people united will never be defeated), while a bit later he proceeds to play a military marching song to mock a riot police brigade passing in front of him.
The spark that lit the flame was a 3% hike in subway fares, but after 16 days of mass protests and riots, the movement has transformed into an uprising demanding dramatic changes to the country’s economic and political system.
Eighteen people have died from police brutality and 7,000 have been arrested amid widespread outbreaks of human rights abuses by Chile’s security forces.
The leaderless movement has forced the billionaire president, Sebastián Piñera, on the defensive, prompting him to replace eight ministers and announce a string of emergency measures including a small increase in the minimum wage and higher taxes on wealthy Chileans.
But such moves have not been enough to defuse the protests and riots, which are driven by deep-rooted anger over financial and social inequality.
One per cent of Chile’s population earns 33% of the nation’s wealth, making it the most unequal country in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) group of countries.
Many protesters are calling for a new constitution to replace the one written in 1980 during the reign of August Pinochet, which created the legal basis for a capitalist market-driven economic model that has privatized pensions, health and education.
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