What started as a student demonstration has turned into the largest protest against the Chilean government since the return of democracy two decades ago, and has harmed the popularity of the current conservative government.

The complicated mission to save 33 men from the collapsed San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile, which ended successfully Wednesday night, will cost an estimated $10 million to $20 million, according to Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.

Thirty-three men have been trapped in a gold and copper mine in Copiapo, Chile, since it collapsed on Aug. 5. Starting late Tuesday, a pod painted in the colors of the Chilean flag will begin lifting them one-by-one to the…

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