Fifty people, mostly students, who now occupies the old Congress in Santiago left the building after reaching an agreement with opposition parliamentarians to push for a constitutional amendment to establish a plebiscite, when in which they were arrested.Previously, the government condemned the events, said legal action is taken and criticized the Senate President Guido Girardi's opponent, not to authorize the entry of the police to evict the protesters.Among them were many students, apparently all from school, but also parents, environmentalists and representatives of sexual minorities.Protesters disrupted a meeting of the Budget Subcommittee, began to hit the tables and shouting slogans, and immediately the Education Minister Felipe Bulnes, present in the room, decided to leave the building, at which time there was a brief scuffle.Young people all take broadcast through Twitter, while outside the headquarters in the center of the capital, focused hundred people in support of the protesters and police deployed a large contingent.Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter, proposed to the President of the Senate, who according to the law is responsible for public order within the Congress, which will draw on the forces of order, but he refused.
Finally, after more than five hours of occupation, the protesters reached an agreement with opposition members of parliament so that they promote an urgent constitutional reform to allow the holding of plebiscites binding."Today the political system is not representative. We are demanding that citizens can decide," said Luis Mariano Rendón, coordinator of Accion Ecologica.The main causes of the protesters include the demand for free public education and the rejection of energy projects as HidroAysén, which includes the construction of five dams in Patagonia.Teachers College held a referendum three weeks ago, although not binding, involving 1.5 million people, of which 88.7% were in favor of public education there, free and guaranteed quality the state.
After giving a press conference, the protesters decided to leave the Congress peacefully, but police awaited the doors, which put them in police cars to take them to a police station.In this regard, opposition MPs charged that it is illegal detentions and said they interpose an appeal.The old building of the Congress of Santiago is used to hold parliamentary committees or other political activities, while the current seat of the legislature is in Valparaiso, 125 kilometers from the capital.There was another similar incident yesterday when a group of people broke off a special session which discussed "how to ensure the full exercise of the right to demonstrate" the presence of Minister of Interior.The protesters shouted slogans against Hinzpeter, but this time the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Patricio Melero, ordered police to vacate the room, which led to violent incidents and five men and caused the complaint of the opposition.