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20 Oct 2019 | 08:37 PM UTC

Chile: Military extends curfew in Santiago October 20 /update 4

Chile News Alert

Military extends curfew in Santiago amid violent protests October 20; heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions expected over coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/20/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/22/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Santiago). COUNTRY/REGION SAntiago

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Event

The Chilean military declared another curfew in Santiago on Sunday, October 20, as protests continued in the capital over recent fare hikes in public transportation. The curfew will be enforced between 19:00 (local time) on Sunday evening and 06:00 on the morning of Monday, October 21. A state of emergency remains in effect in Santiago amid violent protests that have left at three people dead since October 19.

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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