Disapproval rate for Chile’s president rises to 84%


Chilean President Sebastian Pinera’s disapproval rate has risen to 84% amid ongoing anti-government protests, according to a latest survey.

Pinera’s disapproval rate rose 6% after the start of protests, while his approval rate lost 4% to reach 12%, the Santiago-based Criteria revealed on Twitter on Thursday.

Chileans also showed discontent with the members of the current government with 87%.

Only 3% of the participants considered the Executive’s action to restore public order in the South American nation “effective”, since the social outbreak began on Oct. 18.

The perception of Chile’s decline increased by 10% and stands at 59%, according to the poll.

Criteria results are based on online interviews conducted on Nov. 19-26, with a random sample of 1,014 adults living across Chile.

The protests, which began in response to a now-suspended 4% transport fare rise, turned violent on Oct. 19. At least 23 people were killed in the protests.

According to the National Institute of Human Rights, more than 6,000 people were arrested and 2,400 others injured over the last month.

Chilean prosecutor’s office opened a total of 2,670 criminal investigations on human rights violations committed by security forces during the protests on Tuesday.

President Pinera had accepted demands of protesters earlier this month to change the Constitution to replace the one dating back to the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

Pinera also announced concessions, including rolling back the fare hike, a rise to the minimum wage and placed a hold on electricity prices until next year in a bid to contain the strife.

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