While firefighters and even some of the protesters tried to save the Iglesia de la Asunción, its spire eventually collapsed. In Chile, Peaceful Protests Turn Violent by Night President Sebastian Piñera last week canceled two international summits as authorities lose control of capital’s streets Perez urged Chileans to express their grievances at a national referendum on October 25 instead, which will ask voters whether the constitution should be replaced and, if so, how a new charter should be drafted. Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/10/21/chile-protests-violence-looting-and-canceled-flights-santiago/4051262002/. © 2020 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. Tens of thousands of Chileans rallied in Santiago, still demanding constitutional changes a year after mass protests left dozens dead, but the peaceful event eventually descended into chaos, with clashes, looting and arson. If there is improvement in the coming week despite the problems for normal peaceful people getting to work and about their business in a public transport system working at perhaps a third of capability and the looting slows down and stops, then things may well be over in a few weeks. © Autonomous Nonprofit Organization “TV-Novosti”, 2005–2020. Five more people later were found dead in the basement of a burned warehouse and were not employees, authorities said. Chile Headlines Take Five: The clocks are ticking down An EU official likened the current state of Brexit negotiations to a marathon where runners are "past kilometre 40" of the just over 42-km race. Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP. Demonstrations against a 4 cent transit-fare hike have erupted into violent clashes over economic inequalities that many say have long been brewing in Chile. Riots have broken out in Chile right across the country with at least 18 people dead and 7,000 arrested. He said late Sunday that there had been more than 70 “serious events” during the day, including more than 40 incidents of looting. Chile is one of Latin America's wealthiest countries, but it also has one of highest levels of income inequality in the world . A demonstrator holds up his hands toward advancing soldiers during a protest as a state of emergency remains in effect in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. Low wages, lack of healthcare and bad pensions have made people tired." Interior Minister Andrés Chadwick reported that 62 police officers and 11 civilians were injured in the latest disturbances and prosecutors said nearly 1,500 people had been arrested. Protesters defied an emergency decree and confronted police in Chile's capital Monday, ... the riots are probably undermining the support for the protests." After mass protests, the Chilean government promised reforms. What You Need to Know About the Unrest in Chile One of Latin America’s most prosperous and politically stable countries is being rocked by protests and looting amid a reckoning over inequality. Piñera, who is facing the worst crisis of his second term as head of the South American country, announced Saturday night that he was cancelling a subway fare hike imposed two weeks ago. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Protests in the country have spilled over into a new day, even after President Sebastian Pinera cancelled the subway fare hike that prompted massive and violent demonstrations. Protesters, angry over inequality, demand President Pinera’s resignation in biggest protests to hit capital in years. “They don’t have the right to do this,” she said, adding it was right to protest “against the abuses, the increases in fares, against bad education and an undignified pension, but not to destroy.”. Kyrgyz riders play the traditional Central Asian sport of Kok-Boru (Gray Wolf) or Buzkashi (Goat Grabbing) in the village of Chokmorov some 20 kilometres from Bishkek on December 12, 2020. All rights reserved. Harrowing photographs show the mayhem in downtown Santiago, following violent protests sparked by a recent fare hike for public transport in the Chilean capital. Follow RT on. (Photo: Esteban Felix, AP), Brexit: Boris Johnson pushes for vote after British Parliament's snub. Trends:Chile news. Share this story! Authorities said 10,500 soldiers and police officers were patrolling the streets in Santiago as state of emergency and curfew remained in effect for six Chilean cities, but protests continued during the day. Security forces used tear gas and jets of water to try disperse crowds. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. "Low wages, lack of … SANTIAGO, Chile – Protests and violence in Chile spilled over into a new day and raged into Sunday night despite the president cancelling a subway fare hike that has prompted violent demonstrations. Santiago’s subway, which carries an average of 2.4 million riders on a weekday, had been shut down since Friday. In Chile, a deadly weekend of arson, riots and armed forces as discontent rises “The illusion of the model Chile is over," said an anthropology student. (Photo: Esteban Felix, AP). Riots flare across Chile as anti-government protests continue. Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Poll: Iowa caucuses are 'up for grabs' as Pete Buttigieg surges into top tier. Long lines formed at gas stations as people tried to fill up for a coming workweek with a public transport system disrupted by the destructive protests. Nepalese Hindu devotees light oil lamps during Bala Chaturdasi festival on the banks of Bagmati river near Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. Chile country profile In parts of Santiago, hundreds of troops were deployed on the streets for the first time since 1990, when Chile returned to democracy after the … “We are at war with a powerful, relentless enemy that respects nothing or anyone," said Chile President Sebastián Piñera. (Photo: Luis Hidalgo, AP), Milan seeks apology from US: WWII bomb that killed 184 elementary school children. Five people died after looters torched a garment factory near Chile's capital Santiago, bringing the death toll in violent protests to at least eight. The protest in the capital of Chile erupted in scuffles with police and looting of supermarkets on Sunday evening. Recently, I asked if he wanted to make a return trip. In this photo taken from video distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Intercontinental ballistic missiles are launched by the Vladimir Monomakh nuclear submarine of the Russian navy from the Sera of Okhotsk, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. Officials have reported at least eight deaths as a result of the protests. Riots flare across Chile as anti-government protests continue A woman walks with her children amid anti-government protests in Concepcion, on Chile's coast on 7 November Reuters SANTIAGO, Chile – Protests and violence in Chile spilled over into a new day and raged into Sunday night despite the president cancelling a subway fare … Read more It is a day to day thing which started on Friday. #Santiago: posterior al saqueo de especies desde la Iglesia San Francisco de Borja, antisociales realizan barricada con fogata al exterior. Chile declares state of emergency amid student riots Protests and rioting have intensified in Santiago, where students are opposing a hike in the price of subway fares. Brodie Summers of Australia competes to take the second place during men's World Cup freestyle Mogul event at Idre, Sweden, Saturday Dec. 12, 2020. : Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 is helped into the garage by Red Bull Racing team members during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 12, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. However, it does not establish the state’s responsibility to provide education and healthcare – two demands made by the millions of Chileans who have once again taken to the streets recently following months of Covid-19 lockdowns. Subway system chief Louis De Grange said workers would try to have at least one line running Monday, but he said it could take weeks or months to have the four others back in service. Chile has declared a state of emergency following riots which have engulfed the capital city of Santiago in recent days, Bloomberg reported. The trouble, sparked by a rise in subway … The current constitution, in force since 1980 and enacted by the former military junta of Augusto Pinochet, has been changed numerous times in the years since. A riot police truck fires water to demonstrators during the ongoing protests against policies of Sebastian Piñera and longstanding inequality on Nov. 15, 2019 in Santiago, Chile. Chile using violence as a deterrent, Amnesty says The human rights group says the security forces are using violence is to discourage further protests. Officials in the Santiago region said three people died in fires at two looted supermarkets early Sunday – among 60 Walmart-owned outlets that have been vandalized, and the company said many stores did not open during the day. The Covid lockdown should be stricter still, so stop complaining and get on with it The fare boost touched off major protests that included rioting that caused millions of dollars in damage to burned buses and vandalized subway stops, office buildings and stores. “Those who carry out these acts of violence do not want Chileans to solve our problems through democratic means,” Interior Minister Victor Perez said late Sunday, praising peaceful protesters but vowing to bring rioters and vandals to justice. pic.twitter.com/oMheOBqQsv. Chile has one of the region's highest rates of inequality: Many Chilean families earn $550 to $700 a month, and pensions can be as low as $159. 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Protests in the country have spilled over into a new day, even after President Sebastian Pinera cancelled the subway fare hike that prompted massive and violent demonstrations. “We are at war with a powerful, relentless enemy that respects nothing or anyone and is willing to use violence and crime without any limits,” President Sebastián Piñera said late Sunday in an unscheduled talk from the military headquarters. SANTIAGO, Chile -- Hooded protesters looted a Roman Catholic church Friday near the main gathering site for three weeks of mass protests against Chile's government over … Today, Chile remains one of Latin America’s most unequal countries and one of the most unequal in the elite group of nations that comprise the Organization for … Demonstrators clash with riot police in Santiago, Chile. The Chile my father knows and wants to cry for is one of memory. Hard to say. Mixi.Media News. Think your friends would be interested? After meeting with the heads of the legislature and judicial system earlier Sunday, Piñera said they discussed solutions to the current crisis and that he aims “to reduce excessive inequalities, inequities abuses, that persist in our society.”, Jaime Quintana, president of the Senate, said that “the political world must take responsibility for how we have come to this situation.”. The weekend's riots saw protesters shut down the Metro de Santiago and burn down a high rise. 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Protests In Chile Chilean protesters were back on the streets Friday to vent their anger over the country's paltry pensions, fragile safety net and police brutality against demonstrators. Today: Chile’s free-market reforms have been celebrated as an economic success story — until they weren’t. At least two airlines cancelled or rescheduled flights into the capital, affecting more than 1,400 passengers Sunday and Monday. Read RT Privacy policy to find out more. Shut up, spoilt Londoners! Chile extends curfew, 1,000s of soldiers patrol streets as death toll in violent riots mounts (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) Think your friends would be interested? "The illusion of the model Chile is over. Share this story! Chile protests: More than one million bring Santiago to a halt. Masked mobs firebombed a police headquarters and church later in the day. The number of people killed in violent protests against rising living costs in Chile has risen to 11, Santiago Governor Karla Rubilar said on Monday. 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The Covid lockdown should be stricter still, so stop complaining and get on with it, Progressives calling for Dianne Feinstein’s head over her questioning of ACB prove they have no idea about political strategy, Another ‘hack’ job? He said 85 stations and more than three-fourths of the system had been severely damaged. The country’s president has announced a … This website uses cookies. But people still feel that the fundamental causes of the country’s political unrest, mainly economic disparities, remain unresolved. Authorities estimated that Sunday's rally in the capital, Santiago attracted no more than 25,000 people at its peak, much smaller than the 2019 unrest which resulted in curfews and the military patrolling streets for the first time since the rule of Pinochet. pic.twitter.com/ESjgyFR2mF. Protests in the country have spilled over into a new day, even after President Sebastian Pinera cancelled the subway fare hike that prompted massive and violent demonstrations. 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