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Today in Latin America Top Story — Chilean Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter said Chile should hurry along anti-discrimination and hate crime legislation after 24 year-old Daniel Zamudio, a young gay man, was savagely beaten by assailants in Santiago on Saturday. Zamudio sustained multiple head injuries and a broken leg and is currently in a medically-induced coma. His attackers…

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The leaders of Chile’s main student protest group promised that they will continue their campaign despite the approval of the country’s controversial education budget. At a press conference held on Tuesday, student leaders of Chile’s student protest group (known by the Spanish-language acronym CONFECH) vowed that they would hold a mass demonstration this Thursday in…

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Today in Latin America Top Story — A Senate committee meeting in Chile was interrupted Thursday by student demonstrators and other protesters demanding a popular referendum to the country’s social problems, especially concerning education. The former Congress building in the capital of Santiago — which housed the country’s Congress before the 1973 military coup —…

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Today in Latin America Top Story — A two-day national strike in Chile called by protesting students and supported by the country’s labor union umbrella organization got off to a violent start, when groups of students constructed large, fiery blockades on major streets in the capital of Santiago and fought with police. Masked demonstrators hurled…

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 Today in Latin America Top Story — Chilean President Sebastián Piñera rearranged his cabinet for the second time this year, as a response to declining popularity and increasing social protest. Two of the most important switches are Education Minister Joaquín Lavín’s move to social planning and Mining and Energy Minister Laurence Goldborne’s switch to public…

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A Chilean state television program speculating that former Chilean President Salvador Allende was murdered during the Sept. 11, 1973 coup has angered members of Allende’s family, one week after the former president’s body was exhumed by an international team of forensic experts to determine the cause of his death. Chile’s TVN aired a “Special Report”…

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Chile’s Carabineros resumed the use of  tear gas on Friday, a mere three days after Chilean Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter had called for its temporary suspension, as massive demonstrations against the HidroAysén dam project in Chilean Patagonia continue. Although a study published by toxicologist Andrei Tchernitchin at the University of Chile warned that the use…