Luis Mesina, coordinator of the NO+AFP movement (No more Pension Fund Administrators) , highlighted that the fight is against the pension system implemented by the dictator Augusto Pinochet 36 years ago, which has been suffocating the people over 70 years old in Chile.
‘In a couple of weeks we will present a concrete and detailed proposal to end the injustices of the Pension Fund Administrators (AFP) in our country. Let’s hope for the government to engage in the dialogue with us,’ Messina said.
The movement has gained enormous strength. This was seen this Friday when hundreds of thousands of people marched throughout the national territory.
Messina strongly condemned the burning of buses by violent people who are usually involved with the protests in Chile, but at the same time he said that the anger of the population is sometimes expressed in incomprehensible ways.
The president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, condemned the vandalism during the protest demonstrations.
‘Peaceful marches to demand better pensions make the citizens’ voices louder. Violence is not the way to achieve a big national deal,’ Bachelet published in her Twitter account.
‘We believe that this is not the way in which the country we all want is built. A country is built with dialogue and concrete proposals,’ the president said the president.
At the same time, the president promised a comprehensive analysis of the AFP issue and also pointed out that a detailed study of the demand on salary readjustment will be made.
Ernesto Medina, a spokesman for the group Aquí la Gente, delivered a letter to La Moneda Palace in which demand to the government to change its attitude towards the AFP, which handle assets that reach nearly USD 178 billion.
‘Listen to the voice of the people, the voice of the NO+AFP movement, otherwise you will leave the way open for the right-wing to take action on the matter,’ Medina said to reporters near the main headquarters of the Government. (Agencies)