September 21, 2021

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Forgiveness, retirement and the environment heats up the week in Chile – Brenza Latina

The common denominator of all three issues is the new friction between the government of Sebastian Pinera with legislative power, political opposition, broader social sectors and environmental protection organizations.

A humanitarian amnesty plan for rebel prisoners that erupted on Wednesday, October 2019, was another step forward when it was approved by the Senate Constitutional Council by a positive vote of opposition lawmakers against both rights.

On the slow path to becoming law, the amnesty bill will go to the full Senate in future sessions, although a tense debate is expected.

Large departments, which closely followed its implementation, repeatedly protested in the streets demanding the release of rebel prisoners.

At least 806 young people could benefit from the pardon, and its promoters have the background and legal arguments to recognize it because they have been in detention for a year and a half, without trial or punishment, and even victims of irregular detention

However, the government denies the presence of prisoners under these conditions and has stated that it will appeal in all possible cases to prevent the amnesty.

On the same day, the parliamentary debate on the fourth withdrawal of the pension fund, which is accessible to millions of people, began, again focusing on public opinion.

If approved, it would be the fourth opportunity for Chilean workers to extract their savings from private pension fund insurers, facing the economic crisis caused by the Govt-19 epidemic in their own way.

The initiative faces strong rejection from the government, which considers it unnecessary after emergency family income has been provided, benefiting 15 of the 19 million ciliaries according to La Moneta, and can also use the veto.

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If that were not enough, the unexpected approval of the Environmental Assessment Commission of a major mining investment on Thursday could cause serious environmental damage, which has generated serious controversy and criticism from the government.

The Dominga project includes an investment of more than $ 2.5 billion, creating a major port to send iron and copper to the Humboldt archipelago, one of the planet’s richest ecosystems.

But environmental activists and other sectors reject it outright because they see the approval as fraudulent and illegal, and other than an attack on the environment, while the country is already experiencing the catastrophic effects of climate change.

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