Three dead in riots in Santiago, Chile (IMAGES)

CHILE (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Despite the government’s implementation of a “state of emergency” in the Chilean capital, clashes between protesters and police once again erupted on October 19 in Santiago.

Three people died in the fire of a ransacked supermarket.

Three people died in the fire of a supermarket that was ransacked in the night of 19 to 20 October in Santiago, city rife with serious riots for two days, announced the authorities of the Chilean capital.

“Three people died in a fire in a supermarket. Two were burned and the third was transported to a serious condition in a hospital where she died, “Karla Rubilar, mayor of the city, told the press.

Clashes between protesters and police once again erupted on October 19, the day after the introduction of the “state of emergency” in Santiago, shaken by a protest against rising transport prices.

Thousands of people gathered for a concert of pots, a mode of protest that appeared after the coup d’etat led by General Augusto Pinochet in late 1973. But the demonstration degenerated into clashes between masked people and special forces.

AFP journalists have seen five buses burnt in the city center, and the authorities have decided during the day to completely stop their traffic.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced on Saturday the suspension of the price increase for metro tickets in Santiago, at the origin of these particularly violent demonstrations in the capital where a total curfew has been decreed.


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