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Chile declares state of emergency amid student riots

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Protests and rioting have intensified in Santiago, where students are opposing a hike in the price of subway fares. Authorities enacted a state of emergency after a night of vandalism and violence.

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 capital.

Student-led protests in reaction to a 4% hike in subway fares have disrupted the city since Monday. What started as mass fare-dodging among hundreds of students turned into violence later in the week, with protesters shattering glass and throwing debris onto the rail tracks. Two buildings in the city center and at least one bus were set on fire.

Students set up barricades and started fires at subway entrances on Friday afternoon and evening, prompting transportation authorities to shut down all lines. Thousands of commuters were stranded on their way home from work.

Read more: Clashes break out at Brazil public transport rally

Emergency measures

The president said the state of emergency was meant to ensure “the security of residents, protecting goods and the rights of each one of our compatriots who have seen complications from the actions of true criminals.” The move gives police extra authority to restrict rights to assembly and movement.

Police already arrested 133 people on Thursday for vandalizing subway stations. Under state security law, people who damage the subway system or prevent it from operating could face three to five years in prison if sentenced.

The leader of the subway workers union reported that at least 16 employees had been injured during the protests. The subway system is likely to stay closed through at least Monday.

Economic necessity

The price hike raises the cost of subway fares from approximately $1 to $1.16 (€0.90 to $1.04). Metro officials say the hike was necessary due to the rising costs of fuel and maintenance as well as the devaluation of Chile’s peso currency.

Chile is among the wealthier nations in Latin America, but there is significant economic inequality among its citizens.

Some student groups have called for protests to continue.

Pinera condemned the protests in a radio interview on Friday, saying, “The subway is vital for all the inhabitants of the Metropolitan Region. We all have the right to express ourselves, but not to destroy.”

dw.com



18 Comments on "Chile declares state of emergency amid student riots"

  1. Chrome Mags on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 12:33 pm 

    “Protests and rioting have intensified in Santiago, where students are opposing a hike in the price of subway fares.”

    Imagine the razor thin edge students finances must be for subway fares rising to cause riots. Apparently it was the last straw.

  2. juanpee's failures on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 12:39 pm 

    “Protests and rioting have intensified in Santiago, where students are opposing a hike in the price of subway fares.”

    Typical failures from juanpee’s South America. juanpee, go back home to failure where you belong. Quit stealing American wealth, you parasite.

  3. FuelShortageComing on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 1:01 pm 

    Eaxclty what I was expecting once we reach or past peak oil.

    Some protest list

    France
    small but Yellow Vest still going on

    Lebanon

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4K4UHfLLac

    Honk Kong

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA-ZH_aASC8

    Mexico

    gang lords are not powerful enough to control some piece on land using violence and blood

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/backlash-mexico-botched-arrest-el-chapo-son-191018195238313.html

    California

    Full of homeless people.Rumours are that homeless are forming gangs of homeless and are trying to control some small part of California
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Q5PudClp1U

  4. FuelShortageComing on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 1:05 pm 

    Mistake here

    gang lords are not powerful enough to control some piece on land using violence and blood

    I mean

    gang lords are NOW powerful enough to control some piece on land using violence and blood

  5. Cloggie on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 1:32 pm 

    California is looking like Mexico and in a couple of years will belong to Mexico. Demography is destiny.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aztlán#/media/File%3AAztlán_in_United_States_(US48).svg

    #ShitholeCountry

    Pay no attention to idiots like empire dave, who claimed that third world immigration will be fine, just because he managed to marry no doubt white Spanish and Italian women.

    There is a breathtaking stupidity about empire dave.

  6. Cloggie on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 1:33 pm 

    Link went bad. Again Atzlan:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aztlán

  7. supremacist muzzies jerk on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 1:37 pm 

    we’ll put global muzies on 10 year long trial for genocide against humanity. there’s enough information 1400 years to convict or may be not. either way, a trial sets record stragith. if guilty, all muzzies march into muzies anti rape machine, muzzies amputation machine, muzzie hamster machine.

    there’s never a trial for WW3 the defeat of muzzies caliphate isis. and victors end up payin gjizya 4 billin euros/year in germany.

    this needs to stop after being found guilty.

  8. supremacist muzzies butt on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 1:51 pm 

    Cloggie, what is wrong with Mexico ? That is where my boy Juan is from.

  9. more juanpee garbage on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 1:57 pm 

    JuanP ID theft on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 12:24 pm

    juanpee’s failures on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 12:39 pm

    supremacist muzzies butt on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 1:51 pm

  10. Cloggie on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 2:25 pm 

    “Cloggie, what is wrong with Mexico ? That is where my boy Juan is from.”

    JuanP is a Euro from Uruguay.
    There is nothing wrong with him.
    His nick is hijacked by forum saboteurs.
    There is nothing wrong with Mexico either. But it is a very different country. And if a country full with spineless empire dave types refuses to defend itself, then you are going to be preyed upon and eventually ripped apart. Such is the law of the jungle.

  11. More mindless juanpee on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 2:57 pm 

    more juanpee garbage on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 1:57 pm

    JuanP ID theft on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 12:24 pm

    juanpee’s failures on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 12:39 pm

    supremacist muzzies butt on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 1:51 pm

    Cloggie on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 2:25 pm

  12. supremacist muzzies butt on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 3:18 pm 

    Juan, why do you turn your back on your homeland Mexico? Be proud of your Hispanic heritage.

  13. Robert Inget on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 3:21 pm 

    Peak oil is Baack:
    11 Billion write down turns up bupkus.

    https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Drilling-Giant-Posts-11-Billion-Loss.html

    So, oil’s future lies in off-shore eh?
    (-eleven Billion is actual shareholder money)

    Now you may begin to see why oil sands in Canada and Venezuela will be the last ones standing.

  14. Robert Inget on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 3:38 pm 

    God’s Hairdryer, AKA Qatar.
    https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/qatar-air-conditions-outdoors-as-if-god-is-pointing-a-giant-hair-dryer-2118909

    Is God, playing a joke on oil & gas suppliers?
    NO!
    The only oil in humid Florida gets used for ‘Asian’ massage.

  15. Brent Georgeson on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 7:01 pm 

    We are all clowns now worldwide!! https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/davidmack/lebanon-protests-photos

  16. supremacist muzzies jerk on Sat, 19th Oct 2019 8:01 pm 

    the trial of global muzzies won’t be the hague where phoney charges against milosevic put him on trial for 5 years! that’s a lot of muzzie lovin’. to total trial against global muzzies will be 10 years with 5 years of actual trial in secret becaause muzzie lovin’ govt will imprison participants, muzzies will demand more love, muzzie terrorism.

    after the 5 year period, whole trial proceeding will be released on social media with ongoing commentary and analysis. this trial decides finally the fate of global muzzies. if convicted, all muzzies are fair game because that’s how muzzies treat non muzzies anyways. it’s also provide justifications for groups or state agent to round up muzzies for muzzies anti rape machine, muzzies amputation machines, and muzzies hamster machine. the trial will comprised of retired judges, experts on muzzies, witnesses (at leat 1 million witnesses). viewership and donations should help with expenses eaasily

  17. Davy 2017 Predictions on Sun, 20th Oct 2019 3:56 am 

    Let’s now take an accounting of a few 2017 Davy predictions:

    1. “Trump is going to disrupt the establishment that is taking the status quo in dangerous directions.”

    The installing of failed right-wing neocons into central positions of power and authority was a clear break with the past. Result: FAIL

    2. “Trump is going to hinder and slow up the status quo wealth transfer.”

    Trump’s $2.5 Trillion tax giveaway to those earning in excess of $785,000, I suppose, qualifies as mission accomplished for those who like taking jaunts in the family Learjet. Result: FAIL

    3. “Trump is going to make America great again through nationalism, managed trade, and controlled borders.”

    Another Trump mission accomplished by tearing the country apart? Brilliant. Result: FAIL

    For Davy, 0 for 3 ain’t too bad.

  18. JuanP ID theft on Sun, 20th Oct 2019 4:22 am 

    Davy 2017 Predictions on Sun, 20th Oct 2019 3:56 am

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