Oct 20, 2019
Demonstrators in Chile continued their "pots and pans" protests Sunday following a week of unrest that saw hundreds arrested and the military patrolling the streets for the first time in decades.
A curfew and state of emergency are still in effect in Santiago and several other cities, The Associated Pressreported.
Video posted below from online outlet El Monstrador shows a protest Sunday in Santiago's Plaza Nunoa:
\u201cAHORA| Pese al estado de emergencia y la primera noche de toque de queda, las protestas ciudadanas no ceden y nuevamente este domingo se reactivaron los cacerolazos. Ac\u00e1, Plaza \u00d1u\u00f1oa\u201d— El Mostrador (@El Mostrador) 1571587925
The country's billionaire rightwing President Sebastian Pinera announced late Saturday that he was suspending a planned 4 percent increase in subway fares. That fare hike had prompted hundreds of young people on Monday to jump metro turnstiles and triggered protests in other cities in the country. But that may not have been the only catalyst. As The Guardiannoted, the "latest protests follow grievances over the cost of living, specifically the costs of healthcare, education, and public services."
Fires continued to burn and looters were seen in flashpoints around the city of six million people where earlier police and military clashed with protesters. There was also significant unrest in the port city of Valparaiso, seat of Chile's Congress, where the government also declared military rule late on Saturday, and in the southern city of Concepcion.
"The center-right Pinera said he would invoke a special state security law to prosecute the 'criminals' responsible for the city-wide damage," Reuters reported.
According to Santiago Mayor Karla Rubilar Barahona, two people died from a fire in a supermarket in the San Bernardo area of the capital and a third person died after being taken to the hospital.
In addition to the curfew and state emergency, the government responded to the unrest by dispatching the military to city streets.
It marks the first time the army marched through the streets of Santiago, APnoted, since 1990, when the brutal dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, who ousted Salvador Allende in a U.S.-backed coup, ended.
Another user shared video of soldiers in the city of Valparaiso:
\u201cIm\u00e1genes perturbadoras desde #Valpara\u00edso, ya bajo toque de queda. Es muy doloroso ver a #Chile con militares controlando todas las calles, mientras la poblaci\u00f3n muestra su hartazgo social. #ChileResiste\u201d— Erika Guevara Rosas (@Erika Guevara Rosas) 1571540942
The images, wrote Erika Guevara-Rosas, are "disturbing."
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