Dr. Carlos Casanova, a professor of philosophy of law at the Universidad Santo Tomás and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, shares with The New American how the protesters, the Communist Party of Chile, and the Socialist Party of Chile are demanding a “constituent assembly,” on constitutional convention, to draft a new socialist constitution for Chile.
Amidst an explosive new wave of violent mass demonstrations on Tuesday, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera addressed the country in a televised speech from La Moneda Palace, which houses the office of the presidency. In a plea for national unity, Piñera vowed to make three major social agreements, one of which was a promise for a new constitution. He also opened the possibility of rehiring retired police officers to bring order to the streets.
The New American interviews Dr. Carlos Casanova, a Venezuelan lawyer and professor of philosophy of law at the Universidad Santo Tomás and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Dr. Casanova escaped socialism in Venezuela, a few years into the reign of Marxist leader Hugo Chavez. Now in Chile, Dr. Casanova sees the communists and socialists employing the same revolutionary strategy to take over the country.