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.
— Shark NewsWires (@SharkNewsWires) October 19, 2019
“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.
— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) October 20, 2019
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.
La gente desafía el #toquedequeda en las calles de Santiago y del país. #ChileDesperto y pide #RenunciaPiñeraCuliao por sus políticas económicas, su represión, y #EstadoDeEmergencia. Las resistencias al neoliberalismo se multiplican en el continente. #19Oct pic.twitter.com/Ool75yecqV
— Marco Teruggi (@Marco_Teruggi) October 20, 2019
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.
🔴#ToqueDeQueda en #Santiago de #Chile por la persistencia de los disturbios originados por el alza de los billetes del #metro.
La intendente de #SanBernardo, Karla Rubilar, confirmó la cifra de 3 muertos en el incendio del supermercado pic.twitter.com/7jebeUHfhM
— Radio Jai (@fmjai) October 20, 2019
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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