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Event: OT Other
Number: 2019-000137
Country: CHL Chile
Date (YMD): 2019-10-25
Information Source:BBC
Comments: The crisis was triggered when, on the recommendation of a panel of Public Transport experts, the government decided to increase the price of the Metro ticket by 30 pesos, reaching a maximum of 830 pesos (approximately US$1.17). As a form of protest, students began to carry out massive evasions in the subway, raising turnstiles to enter the platforms without paying. The government then decreed a state of emergency, which meant the deployment of the military who, also, ordered a curfew from Saturday, October 19. This measure resulted in violent manifestations and looting. The government was forced to give in and announced, on Saturday night, the suspension of the increase in the subway tariff. Still, none of these measures and announcements attenuated the mobilizations. On Sunday, October 20, cities such as Santiago, Valparaíso, and Concepcion dawned with severe damage to buildings and public spaces, in addition to stoppages in ports and roadblocks. Monday''s classes were suspended in Concepción and 43 communes of Santiago. It is estimated that at least 18 people have died and more than 5,000 have been arrested. Demonstrations resumed in Santiago on Monday, October 21, after at least 50 wounded soldiers and police were registered on Sunday night, and more than 350 places were looted. More than a hundred supermarkets were robbed. On Tuesday, October 22, the government promised social reforms such as raising the minimum wage and raising the basic pension by 20% to decrease the social tensions, but demonstrations and differences between students and armed forces remain. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Chile called for dialogue between the government and civil society to calm the situation.
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