Sebastián Piñera, the billionaire president of Chile, was impeached last Tuesday by the lower house of Chile’s congress over allegations that his family benefited financially from a mining deal made possible by his government’s intervention.
The Pandora Papers were released in October and contained leaked documents showing that Piñera used offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands for issues regarding the Dominga mining project, The Associated Press reported. (The Trends Journal reported on the Pandora Papers on 5 October in an article titled, “AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM: A CRIME SYNDICATE?”)
A major stipulation of the $152 million sale was tied to the mine not being identified as part of a government-protect nature preserve. The mine is near the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve, which is in central Chile. It is known to be a breeding ground for penguins and other marine life, Mining-Journal.com reported.
The issue was contentious in the country and environmentalists argued to protect the land, but the government sided with Piñera’s family. He was president at the time. Piñera has denied knowing about the deal. His defenders called the impeachment a “political electoral maneuver.” His fortune is now in a blind trust, his office said.
Jamie Naranjo, a Socialist party congressman, told the Financial Times that Piñera, a conservative, had “openly broken the constitution and the law” and “gravely compromised the honor of the nation.”
The report said the next step in the process is a vote in the Senate, where a two-thirds majority is required to remove him from office. He was impeached in the lower house in a close vote 78-67. Some of those who voted against the impeachment were in the opposition.
TREND FORECAST: Thus, our “OFF WITH THEIR HEADS 2.0” trend from December 2019, forecasting the global rise in anger directed at the 1 percent, was already spreading globally prior to the 2020 COVID War.
The great wealth gap followed by the destruction of small businesses by politicians who launched the COVID War while allowing the Bigs to get bigger will be a key platform in the formation of new political parties across the globe.
As the gap between the rich and poor widens, so, too, will the animosity between the “haves” and “have nots.” Gated communities will increase in popularity and more private security will be hired by the haves who will be gangland targets.