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Chile: protests escalated into clashes

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The protests in Chile, which began due to rising metro fares, again turned into clashes, armored vehicles were pulled into the center of Santiago, 24 Horas television reported.

The demonstrations are held not only in the capital, but also in a number of cities, including Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Antofagasta, popular with tourists.

Protesters set fire to one of the shopping centers, as a result of a large retail chain Falabella, which owns stores in several Latin American countries, decided to close stores in Santiago.

Santiago’s public transportation system suspended its operation after three buses were burned.

On October sixth, the price of metro fares rose in the country – by 30 Chilean pesos (by $ 0.042).

This led to protests in the country. At first, the rallies were relatively peaceful, but on Friday evening, clashes with law enforcement officers were recorded in many areas of Santiago, people set up barricades, knocked on pans in disagreement with the increase in prices. There was a fire at some metro stations.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera declared a state of emergency in the provinces of Santiago and Chacabuco and promised to convene a working group to discuss ticket prices.

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