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24 Oct 2019 | 02:16 AM UTC

Chile: Mass protests continue October 23 /update 11

Chile News Alert

Hundreds of thousands of people reportedly participate in nationwide protests on October 23; overnight curfews and border closures remain in effect

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/23/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/28/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Santiago). COUNTRY/REGION SAntiago, Chile, Santiago International Airport, Valparaíso, Concepción, Rancagua, Antofagasta, La Serena, Coquimbo (Coquimbo region), Valdivia, Arica, Talca, Puerto Montt, Osorno, Iquique, Alto Hospicio

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Event

Mass demonstrations continue throughout Chile on Wednesday, October 23, despite new economic reforms announced by President Sebastián Piñera the previous night. According to media reports, as many as 100,000 students, teachers, and trade unionists gathered in Santiago’s Plaza Italia to demand greater reforms. Large rallies also took place in other major cities including Valparaíso, Concepción, La Serena, and Curicó. Over 20,000 soldiers have been deployed to maintain order, particularly in the capital Santiago. The nationwide strike is expected to continue on Thursday, October 24.

Overnight curfews from Wednesday into Thursday morning remain in effect for several areas including (all times local):

Additional transportation disruptions are expected to continue in the coming days. Border crossing points from Chile into Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru may be closed through Wednesday night. Flight disruptions at Santiago International Airport (SCL) are also ongoing, with some airlines including LATAM and Sky Airline canceling some flights on Wednesday and into Thursday.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in the coming hours and days across Santiago and other major urban areas. Further protests are likely - particularly in and around the capital. Clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.

Context

Demonstrations began on October 6 after the Chilean government announced an increase in metro and bus fares. The mass protests escalated in Santiago and other cities over the following days to denounce high costs of living, rising electricity prices, the privatization of water, and other social issues. According to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), at least 18 people have been killed during the protests and over 200 have been wounded.

Advice

Individuals in Chile, particularly in Santiago, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, prepare for disruptions to transportation and business, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.

Travelers flying via SCL are advised to confirm flight reservations prior to leaving for the airport and to contact their airline for additional information.

 

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