Chile abolishes its dictatorship-era constitution in groundbreaking vote for a more inclusive democracy

Chileans celebrate victory after the referendum, in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 25, 2020.Felipe Vargas Figueroa/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesJennifer M. Piscopo, Occidental College and Peter Siavelis, Wake Forest UniversityOne year ago, Chileans took their anger over inequality and injustice to the streets, insisting that redressing the nation’s deep structural problems would require more than reform. They said Chile would need a new constitution with more rights and better social protections.On Oct. 25, in a popular referendum, the rest of the country overwhelmingly agreed with their diagnosis.Chile’s …

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