News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Dec. 3,
2019: Protests continues in Chile Monday event as the government of Sebastian
Piñera announced a $5.5 billion stimulus package.
President Piñera, in an effort at reducing the social
unrest and violent protests, announced the spending program that his Finance
Minister Alvaro Briones said will help create 100,000 jobs next year.
The announcement came after the central bank
reported that the Imacec index, a proxy for gross domestic product, tumbled
5.4% in October from the month before.
Violent protests broke out in Chile more than a
month ago – on Oct. 18th. The protests have forced the closure of
shops, paralyzed much of the public transport system and led many people to cut
short their working hours.
Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel has called on
everyone to categorically condemn the recent violence, pledged more police on
the streets and backed the security forces despite allegations of human rights
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