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Chilean protests demand better quality of life

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Union and student groups demand changes to the minimum wage, pensions, and education policy.

In the latest of a series of protests to hit emerging markets, Chile’s largest unions and student groups called a national strike on Thursday demanding improvements to the country’s quality of life. The protesters posed diverse demands, including a rise in the minimum wage (currently US$500 a month), more redistributive reforms to the country’s labor and tax codes, an end to the private pension system, and quality free public education. While Chile has an earned reputation as a stable democracy with strong economic fundamentals, it also counts some of Latin America’s worst income inequality, according data from the World Bank.

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