Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has extended congratulations and solidarity to the people of Chile following yesterday’s historic constitutional referendum in which the country overwhelmingly voted for a new, democratic constitution to be drafted by a citizens convention.
A citizen-led constitutional convention will now meet in the months ahead to draft a new, democratic constitution that will be put to another referendum next year.
The South Down MP said:
“With inequality, persecution and political corruption rife in Chile, the people took to the streets last year to demand an end to the privatisation of public services and vital public utilities and demanded a fresh constitution to protect the rights of ordinary men, women and children.
“I am delighted to see this morning that they have won a landslide for a new, people’s constitution that will finally end the legacy of Pinochet’s brutal regime.
“Against state violence and persecution, the people have mobilised on the streets of Chile for over a year now in defence of democracy and human rights.
“Their victory is a great victory for democracy in Latin America, and a timely illustration of what can be achieved if the people remain united in their opposition to repression and persecution.
“This now is a long overdue opportunity to finally say goodbye to the dictatorship-era constitution, and create a truly democratic system that is much more in keeping with the needs and interests of the Chilean people.” ENDS/CRÍCOH