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World Mega-rally marks Chile protests third week as president struggles

04:40  05 november  2019
04:40  05 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Chile president lifts state of emergency, protests continue

  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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Three people have been killed by a fire inside a supermarket in Santiago during a second night of protests in Chile . Two people died at the scene and another died in hospital after the store was looted, Santiago's regional governor, Karla Rubilar, said.

Protesters in Chile clashed with police, looted stores and endured a strong earthquake at the close of a huge rally kicking off the third week of anti-government demonstrations that have sparked deadly unrest.

a group of people walking in the rain: Fresh clashes erupted in the Chilean capital Santiago as protests entered their third week© RODRIGO ARANGUA Fresh clashes erupted in the Chilean capital Santiago as protests entered their third week

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Plaza de Italia, the epicenter of the unrest over economic inequality and other woes, and tried to march on the presidential palace in downtown Santiago.

Fights broke out with police trying to contain them, with officers firing water cannons and tear gas. One officer was hit in the face with a Molotov cocktail.

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Chile protests swell. Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit 1 million Chileans tell president to listen up or resign. An estimated one million people clogged the streets The protests began over a planned hike in transport fares last week , but have turned into a

Several dead as protesters loot supermarkets day after Piñera suspends subway fare rise.

People banged pots and pans and blared the horns of their cars as night fell in Santiago.

Barricades were set up for the first time -- near a shopping mall that features the tallest skyscraper in Latin America.

The 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit just as tensions were rising in Santiago, rattling buildings. A strong and prolonged shaking was felt, but there were no reports of injuries or damage.

Looting and vandalism was reported in the cities of Vina del Mar, Valparaiso and Concepcion.

Protesters angry at the high cost of living, the gap between rich and poor, tight pensions and expensive health care are demanding the resignation of conservative President Sebastian Pinera.

Pinera held talks with opposition parties last week but they said he failed to convince them he has the will to make the necessary changes to calm the protests.

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For three weeks , Chile has been in upheaval. One day alone, more than a million people took to the streets of Inequality is still deeply entrenched. Chile ’s middle class is struggling with high prices, low wages, and a In an attempt to restore order, President Sebastián Piñera scrapped the four-cent

Chile 's government has extended a state of emergency to several cities, after a weekend of violent 'We are at war': Chile 's president extends state of emergency after deadly riots. A proposed hike in public transport fares, which has now been suspended, sparked nationwide protests last week .

Prosecutors say 20 people have died in unrest since the protests began on October 20.

A UN human rights mission is investigating allegations of police brutality.

Pinera tried to crack down on the riots in the first week but the bid backfired.

He was forced to cancel the hosting of two major international summits including the COP climate meeting due to the unrest.

Protesters organized rallies on Monday under the slogan "This is not over."

Some citizens returned to work despite vandalism that has damaged the underground train network.

"The fight goes on, but we have to get the country up and running again," said one commuter, accountant Olga Perez.

"It won't help anyone if the country falls into a slump."

Protesters are calling for constitutional reform. Chile's current constitution dates back to the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

A survey by pollster Cadem published on Sunday indicated that 87 percent of Chileans favored such reforms.

The study indicated Pinera's approval rating had plunged to 13 percent.

The government said Chile's economy grew three percent in September but it forecast a contraction of 0.5 percent in October due to the unrest.

Looking for a hero: shirtless Chilean protester, police-hating dog rise to fame .
A hooded, muscular man shielding himself with a traffic "Stop" sign during a clash with police amid protests in the Chilean capital has gone viral on social networks, with the man being lauded as a romantic hero of the struggle that has raged for the past three weeks. © Reuters/Jorge Silva FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator uses a stop sign as protection during a protest against Chile's government in Santiago, Chile The image of "PareMan" or "Captain Pare," as he has become known - pare means stop in Spanish - was first captured on Oct. 30 by Reuters photographer Jorge Silva during protests on Santiago's central Alameda thoroughfare.

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