2019 Chilean protests

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2019 Chilean protests
Letrero Metro de Santiago 2019-10-18.jpg
Information display at Los Leones metro station about the closure of the Metro for the weekend on the afternoon of 18 October
Date14 October 2019 – ongoing[1]
Caused by
  • Rise in public transport fares[2][3]
  • Rising cost of living
  • Corruption
  • Increase in crime rates
  • Income inequality
Resulted inOngoing
Lead figures
  • No organized leadership

Many civil protests are taking place in several cities in Chile. The protests began in the capital Santiago as a campaign by secondary school students to avoid paying the Metro de Santiago subway in response to recent price hikes, leading to multiple takeovers of the city's main train stations.

This had led to open confrontations with the national police (Carabineros).

On 18 October, the situation escalated as organized bands of protesters rose in rebellion across the city, taking control of many terminals of the Santiago Metro network (part of Red) and disabling them with extensive infrastructure damage. The Metro network was disabled in its entirety.

On 18 October, President of Chile Sebastián Piñera announced a state of emergency, sending Chilean Army forces across the main regions to enforce order and crack down on the destruction of public property.

A curfew was declared on 19 October in the Greater Santiago area,[5] for the first time since 1987, at the end of the Pinochet dictatorship.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Cooperativa.cl. "[Video] Secundarios protestaron contra el alza del Metro con masiva evasión" [Secondary [students] protest against the rise of Metro fares with a massive [fare] evasion]. Cooperativa.cl (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  2. 2.0 2.1 CNN, Claudia Dominguez and Daniel Silva Fernandez. "Chile's president declares state of emergency after riots over metro fare hike". CNN. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  3. "Chile's capital in state of emergency amid unrest". 19 October 2019. Retrieved 2019-10-19 – via www.bbc.com.
  4. "Cost of living protests in Chile take deadly toll". BBC. 21 October 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  5. "General Iturriaga decreta toque de queda en Santiago para afrontar graves disturbios". BioBioChile - La Red de Prensa Más Grande de Chile. 2019-10-19. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  6. "Decretan inédito toque de queda en Santiago tras fracaso del gobierno en contener ola de protestas". El Desconcierto (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-10-20.