Weekly Report - 14 September 2023 (WR-23-37)

Chile relives past polarisation in the present

Chile reached a significant milestone on 11 September. The 50th anniversary of the military coup that toppled Salvador Allende (1970-1973) and led to a 17-year dictatorship under General Augusto Pinochet was always likely to cause some tensions. The fact that the principal political parties in the country were unable to find common ground to sign a joint declaration in defence of democracy and human rights was a sign of the reigning political polarisation, which is more acute now than at any point since the return of democracy in 1990.

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