Chile announced on 15 November a referendum to replace the country’s dictatorship-era constitution, a key demand of protesters after nearly a month of violence.

The European Union welcomed the “Agreement for social peace and a new Constitution“, reached by a broad majority of the Chilean political parties, calling it “a strong commitment to respond to citizens’ demands”.

“This historic and welcome step should now be used to foster unity amongst all Chileans, enhance dialogue over the future of the country, focus on a reform agenda that can bring about a more inclusive social contract and end all forms of violence”, EU stated.

Chile has been torn apart by protests since 18 October. Protesters demanded a new constitution, arguing the current one enshrines an economic system that failed to guarantee basic rights including decent healthcare, education and pensions.