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The Chilean Government Has Calmed, but Not Solved, Protester Anger

MIN READDec 20, 2019 | 10:00 GMT

Demonstrators clash with riot police following a protest against the Chilean government Dec. 18, 2019, in Santiago, Chile.

Demonstrators clash with riot police following a protest against the Chilean government Dec. 18, 2019, in Santiago, Chile.

(MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP via Getty Images)

Setbacks and controversies during the process of replacing the Chilean Constitution over the next several years will keep the risk of turmoil like that seen in recent months alive. Continued unrest will threaten Chile's business-friendly reputation. Since October, Chile's demonstrations have periodically rocked urban areas, drawing in not only the left, students and radicals but a broad cross-section of Chilean society, including professionals and the middle class. Government promises to replace the country's constitution have, however, somewhat quieted recent protests....

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