Recently Chileans voted in a landmark referendum to replace their dictatorship-era Constitution
- In the recent referendum more than 78% backed the reform campaign
- The vote comes a year to the day after more than one million people thronged downtown Santiago amidst a wave of social unrest that left 30 people dead and thousands wounded.
- The sheer size of the October 25 march demonstrated the breadth of social discontent and proved a tipping point in demonstrators’ demands for a referendum.
- The result of the referendum set off wild celebrations across the capital and other cities after voters threw out the constitution left by the regime of 1973-1990 dictator Augusto Pinochet.
- Acknowledging the result, President Sebastian Pinera called on the nation to work together for a “new constitution”