Chilean constituent strips naked to claim breast cancer

With a naked torso, Alejandra Pérez, one of the 155 people in charge of developing the new Magna Carta of Chile, She claimed this Friday the breast cancer she suffered, during the inaugural speech that kicked off the substantive drafting of the new constitutional text.

“Until life is worth living”, said the phrase he had written on his chest, marked by the scars of the mastectomies he suffered when suffering from this disease, on which he based his campaign to become a constituent demanding a better public health system.

“I felt guilt since the diagnosis, guilt for being able to heal, for being able to have a bed in a private health system and guilt for those who do not have money (money) for a mammogram”, lament.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in Chile, where every year it leaves around 1,500 victims, according to official figures.

Pérez is one of the best-known faces on the People’s List, a heterogeneous group of independents made up of activists, housewives and professionals who emerged from the 2019 social protests and who were the great surprise of the constituent elections by becoming the third most voted force.

Although they have been in the doldrums for a few months, punctuated by several scandals and regrouped under other names, the success of this list last May was interpreted as a rejection of the traditional parties and opened a window for citizens outside politics to intervene in the drafting of the new fundamental law.

The constituent process was proposed as the political way to ease the greatest social crisis in the 31 years of Chilean democracy that began with massive demonstrations in 2019.

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Thousands of people took to the streets for more than a year to demand a fairer socioeconomic model that would end the country’s strong inequalities and guarantee basic services such as health, pensions or education.

“They were years of unrest in the streets in which they never listened, they were years of complaints, and they did nothing. There were many dead, Justice never came, “wielded Pérez.

During the pandemic, the demonstrations took a hiatus due to heavy restrictions and curfews, but many experts agree that the social crisis continues.

On Monday, October 18, coinciding with the second anniversary of the start of the riots, peaceful demonstrations were called again, but there were also excesses and acts of vandalism with looting and fires in various parts of the country.

If approved in an exit plebiscite, the new Chilean Constitution would replace the current one, in force since the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) and seen by a large part of society as the origin of the country’s serious inequalities.