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20 Oct 2019 | 01:25 AM UTC

Chile: Military imposes curfew in Santiago and its surroundings amid state of emergency October 19 /update 2

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Military imposes a curfew in Santiago and surrounding areas amid the state of emergency on October 19; heightened security measures and associated transport and business disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/19/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/22/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Santiago). COUNTRY/REGION SAntiago, Chacabuco

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Event

General Javier Iturriaga del Campo of the Chilean military declared in the evening (local time) of Saturday, October 19, a curfew in Santiago and Chacabuco provinces, and in the communes of Puente Alto and San Bernardo. The curfew will be enforced between 22:00 and 07:00. President Sebastián Piñera declared a state of emergency in the capital earlier in the day following some 12 hours of clashes between police and demonstrators who had taken to the streets to denounce increased public transportation fares. Piñera also subsequently reversed the public transportation price hike. More than 150 police officers were wounded and over 300 people detained in the protests and accompanying clashes. The state of emergency is slated to last for up to 15 days, during which time security forces are granted additional powers to restrict citizens' movement and right to assembly in the capital. Service on the Santiago metro network remains suspended and cultural and sporting events have been canceled over the weekend of October 19-20. Some diplomatic services have urged expatriates and visitors to carry identifying documents at all times and avoid crowds amid the unrest.

A heightened security presence and disruptions to transportation and business are to be expected in the coming hours and days across Santiago. Clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.

Context

On October 6, the Chilean government announced an increase in metro and bus fares. Students subsequently began jumping over metro turnstiles to protest the fare hikes, presaging mass demonstrations in the capital over the perceived high cost of living.

Advice

Individuals in Santiago are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, budget extra time to reach their destinations if traveling through areas affected by demonstrations, prepare for disruptions to transportation and business, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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