More Than a Thousand Experts Call To "defend Democracy"

Missive is signed by a transversal group that includes, among others, Mariana Aylwin, Harald Beyer, Rodrigo Valdés, Leonidas Montes, Alvaro Fischer and Ricardo Escobar, among others.

"In defense of Democracy." This is the title of a letter signed by more than a thousand experts, citizens and actors linked to politics in which they demonstrate before the wave of protests that the country has experienced in recent days.

The letter has been signed by 1,188 people among former ministers, expatriates, experts, entrepreneurs and characters linked to civil society, including former minister Mariana Aylwin; the rector of the UAI, Harald Beyer; former Minister José Joaquín Brunner; the columnist Max Colodro; the former Minister of Finance and academic of the UC School of Government, Rodrigo Valdés; the former secretary of Economy, Katis Trusich; the director of the CEP, Leonidas Montes; the businessman Alvaro Fischer; former superintendent Guillermo Larraín; former senator Fulvio Rossi; CEP researcher Silvia Eyzaguirre, former Minister Ricardo Solari; and the former direc tor of IBS, Ricardo Escobar, among others. (The full list, here)

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Next, the complete extract of the letter.

"We are citizens who want to take care of our country and its people.

We reject violence as a political manifestation.

Our society has conflicts, frustrated ambitions, deep inequalities, which we must certainly resolve.

We believe in democracy and its institutions. It took many years and suffering to have them again and we must take care of them.

We ask the elected authorities to assume their role, to take with responsibility the power that the citizens have delegated to them and exercise it.

When violence is used as a form of demonstration, what is attacked is freedom and human rights.

We support the action of the State and its institutions so that peace and security of people are restored.

That done, the democratic parties and the authorities must generate a generous and committed dialogue with Chile that agrees a route to solve the problems that still afflict many Chileans.

A national and urgent dialogue is required that is conducted by democratic institutions. There is no other alternative.

This is an invitation to all citizens to support democracy, to take care of our country and demand that our leaders, left, center and right, united, take care of all Chileans and do not leave people behind.

Fear will not defeat us. We must act with clarity and courage.

We Chileans can do great things, we have done it before against adversities and tragedies. Today we must do it once more and that's why we signed this invitation. "

The content of the letter, here.

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