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World Protests snarl public transportation in Chile, death toll hits 15

17:50  22 october  2019
17:50  22 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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

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

Toll from Chile unrest rises to 11 dead : official. Almost all public transport was paralyzed in Santiago on Sunday, with shops shuttered and many flights cancelled at the The hike in fares that set off the violence would have raised the price of peak hour travel from 800 to 830 pesos (.13 to . 15 ).

Civil protests are taking place across several cities in Chile , in response to the Metro de Santiago subway's recent price hikes. The protests began in the capital, Santiago

SANTIAGO, Oct 22 (Reuters) - A hobbled metro system and damage to downtown streets snarled public transportation in the Chilean capital Santiago on Tuesday, following days of protests throughout the country that have left 15 dead and led to the arrest of 2,600, officials said.

A riot police water cannon sprays water towards demonstrators during a protest against Chile's state economic model in Santiago, Chile, October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado© REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado A riot police water cannon sprays water towards demonstrators during a protest against Chile's state economic model in Santiago, Chile, October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Thousands of people poured into Santiago's central squares on Monday to protest high living costs and inequality.

As pressure mounted, Chile's center-right President Sebastian Pinera said he would meet with opposition leaders on Tuesday to forge a "new social contract."

Chile: Three die in supermarket fire amid protests

  Chile: Three die in supermarket fire amid protests Three people have died in a supermarket fire as angry protests in Chile entered their seventh day, the mayor of capital city Santiago said on Sunday. Karla Rubilar said authorities "are collecting more details" on the deaths -- the first since demonstrations broke out nearly a week ago over a hike in public transport costs.The unrest has forced Chile's military to issue a curfew for the entire Santiago metropolitan region until 7:00 a.m. local time (6:00 a.m. ET) on Sunday, General Javier Iturriago del Campo confirmed late Saturday.

With the public transit system depleted by the destructive protests , people lined up at gas stations over the weekend as they tried to fill up for the upcoming work week. New clashes as seven reported dead in Chile unrest. Read more: Is there a right-wing surge in South America? One week of unrest.

Three dead in riots in Chile 's Santiago: official. Five people died Sunday when a garment factory was torched by looters near Chile 's capital Santiago, bringing the death toll in a wave of unrest to seven as authorities expanded a state of emergency.

Ten cities throughout Chile have been placed in a state of emergency and under evening lockdown since riots broke out last Friday.

The general in charge of security in Santiago, Javier Iturriaga early on Monday told Chileans that the city "had slept tranquilly last night." Iturriaga reported only minor, isolated incidents following a military lockdown that began at 8 p.m.

The widespread protests have nonetheless continued to sow destruction across the city. Santiago's central Plaza Italia, the focal point of much of the unrest, was littered with broken glass and stone, graffiti and still-smoldering fires. Many downtown streets reeked of tear gas early on Monday.

'NOTHING CHANGES'

Roxana Yanez, 56, a factory worker, said she had had a difficult commute.

What the Protests Breaking Out All Over the World Have in Common

  What the Protests Breaking Out All Over the World Have in Common Millions of people are taking to the streets. It might just be the beginning.Fifteen people have died in violent protests in Chile over the past week. The unrest was originally sparked by a 4 percent increase in subway fares in the capital city, Santiago, but has since spread to other cities, triggered by more widespread anger over inequality and rising costs. “It’s not about 30 pesos, it’s about 30 years,” went one slogan, referring to the three decades since Chile transitioned from dictatorship to democracy, a period during which many Chileans have felt left behind by the country’s much-lauded economic growth.

Chile 's government has extended a state of emergency to several cities, after a weekend of violent clashes, looting and arson attacks. It brings the death toll from violent protests to at least seven, Chile 's interior minister said Sunday. "We are at war against a powerful enemy, who is willing to use

The death toll in Chile 's anti-government protests has risen to 13, after a suspected looter was electrocuted in a Santiago supermarket. The capital and other big cities spent a third night under curfew on Monday as the state tried to quell unrest. The crisis started in Santiago, over rises in metro prices

"On the one hand, we support these protests. We don't earn much, just enough to to pay our bus fare," she said. "What we don't support is disorder, riots, looting. That doesn't help."

The recent protests in Chile were sparked by an increase in public transport fares in early October. But they reflect simmering anger over intense economic inequality in Chile, as well as costly health, education and pension systems seen by many as inadequate.

"This won’t stop until people see real change," said Brandon Rodriguez, 25, a security guard. "Governments of the left and right have come and gone...but nothing changes for ordinary people.”

Late into the day on Monday, demonstrators spread along main avenues, plazas and bridges around the city, and remained on the streets until past the 8 p.m. curfew before soldiers dispersed them using water cannons, tear gas and verbal persuasion.

General Iturriaga said he was aware of videos circulating on social media suggesting brutality by police or the military in dealing with protesters and vandals.

Chile protests: Presidential apology and promises of reform fail to quell anger

  Chile protests: Presidential apology and promises of reform fail to quell anger Protesters and police clashed once again in the Chilean capital Wednesday, after an apology from President Sebastian Pinera failed to temper escalating levels of violence on the streets which has so far led to at least 18 deaths. © Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images South America/Getty Images SANTIAGO, CHILE - OCTOBER 22: Demonstrators clash with riot police during the fifth day of protests against President Sebastian Piñera on October 22, 2019 in Santiago, Chile. After President Sebastian Piñera suspended the 3.

Chile is "at war", President Sebastian Pinera said Sunday, as the country reels from three days of violent demonstrations and looting that have left seven dead and almost 1,500 detained in the worst outbreak of social unrest in decades. "We are at war against a powerful, implacable enemy, who does

Authorities declare curfew in Chile capital after violent protests . Almost all public transport in the capital of seven million people was paralyzed on Sunday, with shops shuttered and Earlier, Interior and Security Minister Andres Chadwick said two women burned to death after a store owned by US

"We are investigating every one of these situations. We're not going to hide anything," Iturriaga told reporters.

Interior sub-secretary Rodrigo Ubilla declined to identify the 15 people killed thus far in the riots.

The unrest in Chile has yet to dock copper output from the world's top producer of the red metal, mining officials said.

Workers at BHP's Escondida copper mine, the world's largest, nonetheless initiated a 5-hour strike Tuesday morning, union officials told Reuters.

At Santiago's international airport, many passengers were stranded after hundreds of flights were canceled by major airlines over several days and airlines laid out camp beds on the airport forecourt to accommodate them.

(Reporting by Dave Sherwood, additional reporting by Aislinn Laing and Natalia Ramos Editing by Gerry Doyle and Bernadette Baum)

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Chile’s biggest social unrest in a generation forced the government to cancel next month’s APEC summit in Santiago where President Donald Trump was expected to sign a preliminary trade accord with China. © Bloomberg Demonstrators gather by a statue during a protest at the Plaza Italia in Santiago, Chile, on Oct. 22. Trump had said he expected to ink a “phase one” deal with his counterpart, Xi Jinping, at the Nov. 16-17 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Santiago. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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