"Did you declare a state of emergency to eat in peace?" "Is it possible that he couldn't celebrate his nephew's birthday another day, or in private?" The Chile, due to violent protests taken last Monday forincrease in metro tickets (of about 5 euro cents: from the equivalent of 1 euro to 1.05 euros per ride), is found from Friday in a state of emergency: and from Saturday the curfew has been imposed in some areas of Santiago, the capital. The streets of Santiago have returned to being patrolled by the military for the first time since the fall of the regime of Augusto Pinochet, in 1990. The deaths in the protests are already three: to kill them a fire broke out inside a supermarket. THE more than 170 are injured, i arrests 300. But to warm the minds, in these hours, it is also a photo. That of the president Sebastian Pinera celebrating the birthday of one of the grandchildren at pizzeria Romeria in the municipality of Vitacura (part of the Santiago Metropolitan Region).
The photo – according to local media reports – dates back to 20:30 local time on Friday: just as the clashes exploded in the streets, and a state of emergency was declared in the country. Government spokesman, Cecilia Perez, tried to defend Pinera on social media: "He is human, we all have the right to eat," he recalled.
Despite the president having withdrawn the tariff increase, the situation in Santiago and in the rest of the country remains critical: unrest broke out in Valparaiso, Antofagasta, Calama, Concepcion, San Antonio, Temuco. All six of Santiago's metro lines have stopped since Friday, as transport companies believe that there are no minimum security conditions to open the stations (78 stations they were damaged by the students, who devastated the turnstiles and set fire to the structures). The discomforts also affect air flights: as reported by the governor of Santiago, Karla Rubilar, company flights Latam is Sky Airline they were suspended because the crews could not reach the airport.
Chile: street protests against rising prices, clashes and burning buses
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