Published: Wed, October 23, 2019

Chile president announces reforms in bid to stem deadly street violence

Chile president announces reforms in bid to stem deadly street violence

The country's capital city, Santiago, was thrown into chaos over the weekend, with looting, arson and clashes with security forces that killed 11 people.

The clashes occupy seen some 9,500 police and military fireplace scurry gas and water cannon against protesters who place fireplace to buses, smashed up metro stations and ransacked retail outlets.

In the meantime, police and troopers guarded Chileans who fashioned lengthy traces exterior supermarkets earlier than they reopened after many closed throughout a weekend throughout which dozens of shops had been looted or burned.

Only one of the city's six subway lines was operating because rioters had burned or damaged numerous stations, and officials said it could take weeks or months to fully restore service.

The Chilean Institute for Human Rights said that by Monday night it had registered 84 people injured by firearms.

A fuming Pinera, said on Sunday: 'We are at war against a powerful, implacable enemy, who does not respect anything or anyone and is willing to use violence and crime without any limits'.

President Sebastian Pinera convened a meeting with leaders of Chile's political parties on Tuesday in the hope of finding a way to end street violence that has claimed 15 lives, as anti-government campaigners threatened new protests.

At Santiago's global airport, South American airline giant LATAM brought out deck chairs for passengers stranded by flight cancellations caused by the protests.

His predecessor as president, Michelle Bachelet, issued a statement calling for dialogue and urging all sides to work "toward solutions that contribute to calming the situation".

"Now the United Nations excessive commissioner for human rights, Bachelet referred to as for an investigation into all acts, by authorities or protesters", which have triggered accidents and demise".


But the wealth is unevenly spread, with one of the region's highest rates of inequality.

The unrest was triggered by a relatively minor increase in subway fares of less than 4 per cent, but analysts said the protests are fed by frustration from a long-building sense of many Chileans that they are not sharing in the nation's advances.

The Attorney General's office confirmed that a member of the military was detained for his alleged participation in killing a 25-year-old man.

The protests, which began Friday, mushroomed into a broader outcry against social and economic woes, including a yawning gap between rich and poor, in a country normally considered one of the most stable in Latin America.

"As protests go, this can be interpreted as a hopeful one".

The party, a key pillar of Chile's centre-left political movement, said Pinera also needed to expand the list of social groups invited to the talks. "There was destruction and looting, sure".

Many student groups, heathcare workers, and teachers also planned to join the protests, leaving the majority of the country's schools closed and many public services hobbled.

But nearly all of the key left-leaning opposition parties rejected the invitation to talks until Pinera showed proof of safeguarding the human rights of protesters amid reports of heavy-handedness by security forces during a weekend of riots.

Thousands of protesters - many banging pots and pans in the traditional Latin American manner - gathered peacefully in the main Plaza Italia square in the capital on Monday, chanting "Pinera Out!" and "Get out military!"

"You possibly can argue that there's a center class, that we decreased poverty, that immediately we don't have inflation, that the macro financial system is in management, etcetera, etcetera".

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