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Issue #1602      July 17, 2013

Union leads the way

Chile’s largest trade union held a nationwide strike last week to demand improved working conditions and tax reforms.

Students and copper miners joined thousands of other workers in largely peaceful marches in major cities, chanting and waving banners.

Protest organisers estimated the crowd in the Chilean capital Santiago at close to 150,000 people.

But Interior Minister Andres Chadwick claimed that only 6.4 percent of all public-sector workers, or about 10,000 out of 161,000, had joined the strike.

Education and tax reform remain key issues ahead of the November 17 presidential election.

Small groups of hooded protesters set up barricades prior to the Santiago strike, blocking morning traffic in the capital.

Police arrested 67 people and six officers were injured in clashes with demonstrators.

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