Potentially violent protests are possible throughout Chile on Tuesday, September 11, the 45th anniversary of the military coup d'état. The national electric company has enacted a contingency plan due to fears that vandalism during protests could disrupt electricity distribution in the capital Santiago and its surroundings. The company is calling on residents to maintain a safe distance from any downed power lines or other electricity infrastructure.
In 1973, democratically-elected President Salvador Allende was overthrown by the army and police, ushering in a period of military dictatorship that continued until 1990. Violence is regularly reported on the coup anniversary.
Individuals in Chile are advised to avoid all protests and gatherings as a precaution and to be prepared for potential power outages.
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