Many demonstrations have been called for today, Friday, in Chile to protest against the current government’s lithium bidding process, which favours the private sector. Sebastian Piñera, in these last months of his government, is trying to leave in private hands the possibility of exploiting some 400,000 tonnes of this resource.

The director of the Lithium and Salt Flats Network of the University of Chile, Gonzalo Gutiérrez, denounces the lack of transparency in the project, as do many different territorial and natural resource defence organisations.

President-elect Gabriel Boric also asked the current government to suspend this process and set up a joint round table to study the fate of this important resource in depth.