Vancouver's friends of Chile urged to attend festive demonstration outside CBC building in Vancouver

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      Vancouver allies of the Chilean people will hold a lively rally in Vancouver this weekend to express solidarity with those demonstrating for justice in the South American country.

      In addition to speeches, there will be music, dancing, and poetry from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday (November 2) in the plaza in front of the CBC building (700 Hamilton Street).

      You wouldn't expect anything less for a country that gave birth to the poetry of Pablo Neruda and the music of Victor Jara.

      For the past two weeks, Chile has been the site of mass protests against the country's billionaire president, Sebastián Piñera.

      It's been met by state violence on a scale not seen since the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

      Thousands have been arrested and about 20 people have died.

      The trouble erupted when transit fares were increased three percent.

      The Guardian recently reported that Chile is the most unequal country in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, with the richest one percent earning 33 percent of the income.

      Video: Decades of inequality have led to widespread protests in Chile.