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Feminist groups hold mass Women’s Day marches across Chile

Antofagasta, Chile – Cities across Chile erupted in mass celebration and outrage on Sunday as women and their supporters rallied for International Women’s Day. In Santiago, a plaza that has become the city’s ground zero for protests in recent months could not contain the crowd, extending for blocks along significant boulevards. Marches were under way…

Feminist groups hold mass Women’s Day marches across Chile

Antofagasta, Chile – Cities across Chile erupted in mass celebration and outrage on Sunday as women and their supporters rallied for International Women’s Day.
In Santiago, a plaza that has become the city’s ground zero for protests in recent months could not contain the crowd, extending for blocks along significant boulevards. Marches were under way in several cities, with others to follow Sunday evening.
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Nearly two million women were expected to participate in marches across the country on Sunday, day one of a two-day feminist strike. The actions are taking place in the context of broader protests against structural inequality that have been rocking the country since October 2019.
High school student demonstrations last year set off nationwide mass protests for systemic change, including the overhaul of education, health and pension systems. Protests have continued despite ongoing police crackdowns that have resulted in thousands of arrests and injuries, including hundreds of eye injuries.

A group of Indigenous woman demonstrate during a march in Santiago on International Women’s Day [Martin Bernetti/AFP] 

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