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Increased violence in Santiago after two days of general strike; Piñera proposes dialogue with protesters.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera will dialogue with students and teachers, after two days of violent protests in Santiago.

After two days of violent protests and the death of a 14 year old student, President Sebastian Piñera has launched a new offensive to unlock the student conflict (now supported by the union organization CUT), offering to resume dialogue with the protesters.

The President of Chile made a broad call to “all students, parents, teachers and principals, to initiate such a dialogue now in La Moneda (presidential palace) , in Congress, because I know and you know, that’s what the vast majority in Chile expects and requires of us.”  The President spoke at the opening of Hualañé Hospital (Maule region), where he referred to the incidents under the national strike called by the Confederation of Workers (CUT). During the incident a group of masked protesters attacked police. The students were against these masked men, but could not prevent the violent actions of the provocateurs.

Piñera said the path of violence and intransigence “leads to nothing and only causes more division, pain and confrontation, a situation that causes pain to the majority of Chileans.”

Finally, President Piñera said that “after more than three months we’ve seen the flourishing of violence and confrontation.  The time has come to seek  peace; it is time for unity, dialogue and agreements.”

Chilean Police denied any involvement in the death of the young student. Sebastian Pinera´s popularity has declined in the last year.