1 Million People Peacefully Protest in Chile's Capital

1 Million People Peacefully Protest in Chile's Capital
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It's being called a historic moment in Chile.

The BBC reports an estimated 1 million people—about 5% of the country’s population, peacefully protested in the capital of Santiago, calling for reform. 

The uproar began earlier this month, after it was announced that metro fares would be increased. The protests grew to also highlight discrepancies in other costs of living and inequality. 

At least 16 people have reportedly died, and 7,000 have been detained since protesting began. 

Santiago’s governor, Karla Rubilar tweeted about how proud she was of Friday’s peaceful march, saying the protesters “represent a new dream for Chile.”

On social media, Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, said government officials heard the message loud and clear.

"We have all changed. Today's joyful and peaceful march, in which Chileans have asked for a more just and unified Chile, opens hopeful paths into the future," he said.

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