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World Chile president lifts state of emergency, protests continue

07:00  28 october  2019
07:00  28 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Chile 's government extended a state of emergency to several cities across the country, 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. A proposed hike in public transport fares, which

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Monday ended a state of emergency that lasted more than a week amid mass protests, but demonstrations continued nonetheless.

Sebastian Pinera wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Chile President Sebastian Pinera has rolled back a state of emergency and also announced a cabinet reshuffle in a bid to douse the flames of protest raging over the previous week© Pedro Lopez Chile President Sebastian Pinera has rolled back a state of emergency and also announced a cabinet reshuffle in a bid to douse the flames of protest raging over the previous week

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.

Authorities imposed both the state of emergency and curfews last weekend after Chile was rocked by its worst civil unrest in decades.

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Santiago - Chile 's state of emergency will end at midnight on Sunday, the president 's office has confirmed, after more than a week of military presence and widespread unrest across the country. President Sebastian Pinera's office released a statement earlier on Sunday, announcing the state of

Chile ’s president declared a state of emergency in Santiago Friday night and gave the military responsibility for security after a day of violent protests “I have declared a state of emergency and, to that end, I have appointed Major General Javier Iturriaga del Campo as head of national defense, in

What originated as a student protest against a modest hike in metro fares quickly got out of control as demonstrations turned deadly.

A message on the presidency's official Twitter account said the state of emergency, which had seen 20,000 soldiers and police deployed on the streets, would end "in all the regions and towns where it was established."

This measure came a day after Pinera said he had "asked all ministers to resign in order to form a new government."

"We are in a new reality," Pinera said on Saturday. "Chile is different from what it was a week ago."

- 'Go to hell' -

But demonstrations continued on Sunday as thousands of people marched to the seat of Congress in Valparaiso, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of the capital Santiago.

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Protests and violence continued in Chile overnight despite the president cancelling a rise in subway fares that prompted violent demonstrations. Photograph: José Luis Saavedra/Reuters. Authorities said 10,500 soldiers and police officers were patrolling the streets in Santiago as state of emergency

Chile 's president declared a state of emergency in Santiago Friday night and gave the military responsibility for security after a day of violent protests Protests over metro fare increases escalated into clashes with riot police, with subway stations torched and vandalised. Chile 's president declared

"The strength of the social movement that has taken over the streets has been its... peaceful and constructive character," said Jorge Sharp, Valparaiso's mayor.

Some 100,000 people participated in the march, which ended in isolated clashes between demonstrators and the police, according to Sharp.

The government has been struggling to craft an effective response to the protests and a growing list of economic and political demands that include Pinera's resignation.

A group of around a thousand cyclists stopped outside the presidential palace in Santiago on Sunday, chanting: "Listen up Pinera: go to hell."

Around 15,000 people gathered peacefully in the capital's O'Higgins Park, according to police.

The breadth and ferocity of the demonstrations appeared to have blindsided the government of Chile -- long one of Latin America's richest and most stable countries.

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Chile 's president declared a state of emergency in Santiago Friday night and gave the military responsibility for security after a day of violent protests over an increase in the price of metro tickets. Throughout Friday, protestors clashed with riot police in several parts of the capital and the subway

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera declared a state of emergency in parts of Santiago early Saturday morning after protesters started fires at subway stations around the Some student groups have called for protests to continue . Keywords Chile , Santiago, Protests , State of Emergency .

Demonstrators are angry at Chile's neo-liberal social model, low salaries and pensions, high health care and education costs, and a yawning gap between rich and poor.

Billionaire Pinera, who assumed office for a second time in March 2018, had already shuffled his cabinet twice in 15 months as doubts grew about a slowing economy and his leadership.

He offered a raft of measures earlier this week aimed at calming the public ire, including an increased minimum wage and pensions, some reductions in health care costs, and a streamlining of parliament.

"These measures aren't enough, even though they're an important step in the people's demands," said electrical engineer Eduardo Perez, 49.

- Volunteer clean-up -

By Saturday afternoon, the military presence in the capital Santiago had been already visibly reduced.

The week of unrest began with an initial burst of violence as protesters and looters destroyed metro stations, torched supermarkets, smashed traffic lights and bus stops, and erected burning street barricades.

At least 20 people died -- half in fires started by looters -- in the worst political violence since Chile returned to democracy after the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship from 1973-1990.

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Chile 's president declared a state of emergency in Santiago and gave the military responsibility for security after a day of violent protests over increases in the price of metro tickets. A demonstrator kicks a tear gas canister during a protest against the increase in the subway ticket prices in Santiago

Chile 's president declared a state of emergency in Santiago Friday night and gave the military responsibility for security after a day of violent protests over an increase in the price of metro tickets. Throughout Friday, protestors clashed with riot police in several parts of the capital and the subway

The police and army troops have been accused of using unnecessary force in putting down the protests. The United Nations is sending a team to investigate allegations of abuse.

The national human rights institute INDH said 584 people had been injured and 2,410 detained during the protests.

Hundreds of volunteers on Sunday joined in a huge clean-up operation in Santiago, washing down or painting walls that had been scrawled with graffiti and clearing up broken glass and the remnants of burned-out barricades.

The street movement still lacks recognizable leaders, though, and was mostly roused through social media, which analysts say makes it harder for the government to negotiate any resolution.

There were fears that continuing protests could put at risk the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade summit in Santiago from November 16-17, but the government said on Thursday it would go ahead.

US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are among those expected to attend the APEC meeting.

Chile leader Pinera says will not resign over protests .
Chile's President Sebastian Pinera said Tuesday he will not resign in the face of deadly protests over inequality and poor social conditions that have entered their third week. Asked by the BBC in an interview whether he will step down, the billionaire conservative leader said: "No." Asked by the BBC in an interview whether he will step down, the billionaire conservative leader said: "No.

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