Donald Trump called the president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, to express his support in the midst of the wave of protests and denounced that there are "foreign efforts to undermine the institutions" in the country, the White House said Thursday.
"Yesterday President Donald Trump called the president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera to express his support after his decision to cancel the APEC and COP 25 leaders summit," said White House spokesman Judd Deere.
The official said the United States supports Chile, which is an important ally, in its work to "restore the national order," adding that the US president "denounced foreign efforts to undermine Chilean institutions, democracy and society." .RELATED
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, denounced last week a "pattern" of destabilization from Venezuela and Cuba, oriented first to Colombia and Ecuador and then to Chile, giving these countries a responsibility in the acts of violence recorded in the massive anti-government mobilizations in the region.
In the case of protests in Ecuador, unleashed by a rise in gasoline prices, after the Lenin Moreno government signed an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a senior US official said the demonstrations They were fueled by former President Rafael Correa and his allies in Cuba and Venezuela.
Chile has been in a growing climate of tension for almost two weeks. This Wednesday, Piñera said his government is privileging "the social agenda over the political agenda." “We are going to analyze the structural reforms after listening to the Chileans. I do not rule out any structural reform. This is the time to listen to people. People ask for better salaries, income, pensions, security, not to increase services, ”he said.
Piñera said that 1,506 injured have been counted in the severely repressed demonstrations, of which more than 947 are uniformed. “In other words, almost two out of three belong to Carabineros, PDI or our FF.AA., which reflects the violence of the attack that our law enforcement and security forces have received, and also reflects the action and commitment with which Carabineros de Chile are doing their duty, ”he said.