From L-R: British Ambassador to Chile Jon Benjamin, President Sebastian Pinera, Peter Gabriel and Culture Minister Luciano Cruz-Coke
Presidencia de la República
The British singer and musician Peter Gabriel was received on Wednesday by Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, who expressed concern about the police crackdown on the student movement protest six months ago to demand a free and quality education.
The meeting took place at the presidential palace, where Gabriel visited some rooms occupied by the socialist president Salvador Allende, overthrown by the military in 1973. After leaving the White Room, Office of Allende, said it was "important visit."
The tour was accompanied by Piñera himself, the Minister of Culture, Luciano Cruz-Coke, and the British ambassador to Chile, Jon Benjamin.
"I wanted to mention some points regarding the human rights issues before which was very attentive and was very open," the singer said after the meeting that lasted for an hour.
Gabriel said to the press that Pinera spoke about situations that "had to do with history, the legacies of truth, justice and reconciliation. Cases like Victor Jara, indigenous peoples rights over their lands, education and protection of their culture. The violence with students. "
A powerful student movement rebelled six months ago in protest of profit in the Chilean educational system, strengthening the public school system and the quality of teaching. In the 40 mass marches that have made the last half year have been brutally repressed with tear gas and jets of water thrown by police trying to control, without success, hoods who break into the peaceful walks, throw stones at the riot and destroy public and private furniture.
The Briton was in Chile in 1990, when he participated in an Amnesty International concert, which was developed at the National Stadium, a detention camp set up by the military in the days following the military uprising that led to a dictatorship that lasted to 1990. He returned to the country in 1993 and 2009.
The artist was presented Wednesday night at the theater Movistar Arena as part of her "Peter Gabriel and The New Blood Orchestra."
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