•Chile is experiencing its biggest political crisis since returning to democracy in 1990. Large demonstrations protesting inequality have been occurring and a state-of-emergency was called for Santiago on Oct 19th. Since then, a million Chileans marched in Santiago on Oct 21st, and the President has fired 8 cabinet members, including the minister of interior (his cousin) and the minister of finance.·
Santiago’s population 6.5 million
· One third of the 19 million Chilean citizens are under the age of 30.
· Chile will celebrate Fiestas Patrias (“Native Land Holidays”) from September 11-19. This is Chile's most important holiday, expressing Chilean culture and its independence. It will culminate on Saturday, September 19, with the Great Military Parade of Chile, which will attract millions of people.
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