Chile’s Capital Santiago Dawns Under State of Emergency After Violent Protests

The provinces of Santiago and Chacabuco, as well as the communes of Ponte Alta and San Bernardo, woke up to a state of emergency, decreed yesterday, October 19th, by President Sebastián Piñera.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The army took control of the streets after a day of violent protests against the rise in subway fares.

Throughout Friday, October 18th, high school students protested against the increase in subway fares in the Chilean capital from 800 to 830 pesos (US$1.13 to $1.17). Initially, the demonstrations focused on jumping over the stations' turnstiles and blocking public roads.

However, during the night, the demonstrations became violent, with fires in 19 subway stations, looting in supermarkets and shops and the destruction of bank branches, amidst the banging on pots throughout the city.

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