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World State of emergency declared in Chile as demonstrations over transit costs turn violent

02:10  20 october  2019
02:10  20 october  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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A state of emergency has been declared in the Chilean capital after simmering protests against a rise in metro fares spilled out into widespread vandalism and violence fuelled by rising cost -of-living pressures. As ordained by Chile ’s dictatorship-era constitution, the state of emergency will apply to

Harrowing photographs show the mayhem in downtown Santiago, following violent protests sparked by a recent fare hike for public transport in the Chilean capital. A demonstrator clashes with riot police during a protest against the increase in the subway ticket prices in Santiago, Chile , October 18, 2019

Troops roamed the streets of Santiago, Chile after long protests turned violent Saturday, resulting in more than 150 injured police officers and more than 300 arrests, NBC News reported.

a man in a military uniform: State of emergency declared in Chile as demonstrations over transit costs turn violent© Getty Images State of emergency declared in Chile as demonstrations over transit costs turn violent

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera declared a state of emergency in the capital Friday night in an effort to limit the demonstrations across the city as protesters clashed with police officers and law enforcement launched tear gas.

The protests began Friday night as part of a campaign by young people to protest the second fare increase on the city's metro this year, The New York Times reported. The fare increase began earlier this month and immediately sparked outrage throughout the country, as the cost of living for poor and middle class Chileans has continued to rise.

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Chilean President Sebastian Pinera declared a state of emergency in parts of Santiago early Saturday What started as mass fare-dodging among hundreds of students turned into violence later in the Keywords Chile , Santiago, Protests, State of Emergency . Feedback: Send us your feedback.

A state of emergency has been declared in Chile 's capital Santiago after demonstrations against a rise in metro fares turned into act of violence , Chile 's President Sebastian Pinera told reporters Saturday. Chile 's president declared a state of emergency in Santiago Friday night and gave the

But as the number of demonstrators grew, protesters spilled into the street and set fire to subway stations, banks, buses cars, and the headquarters of the country's largest electricity provider, Enel.

People also looted pharmacies, supermarkets and other stores, the Times reported. The protests spread to at least four other cities in Chile and are expected to continue Saturday night, despite the state of emergency that limits how people may move and assemble freely.

Chile's current state gives the army authority over internal security, according to the Times, which is why troops were spread out across the streets of Santiago Saturday.

Piñera said in a televised address from the presidential palace that the state of emergency was declared to restore order, calling the protesters "delinquents," the Times reported. He added that his administration will try to find a way to "alleviate" the burden of rising transit costs in the city. A subway ride at rush hour currently costs approximately $1.20.

"The objective of this state of emergency is very simple, but very profound," Piñera said, "it's to ensure public order, bring peace to Santiago and protect public and private property."

Chile president lifts state of emergency, protests continue .
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Monday ended a state of emergency that lasted more than a week amid mass protests, but demonstrations continued nonetheless. The decision to lift the decree at midnight, just two days after more than a million people took to the country's streets demanding economic and political change, comes after the equally unpopular week-long nighttime curfews ended on Saturday. The decision to lift the decree at midnight, just two days after more than a million people took to the country's streets demanding economic and political change, comes after the equally unpopular week-long nighttime curfews ended on Saturday.

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