Tensions remain high in Chile as of Thursday, October 24, as nationwide protests are expected to continue over the coming days. The Workers' United Center of Chile (CUT) union is calling for another demonstration in the capital Santiago on Friday, October 25, starting at 12:00 (local time). Supporters are being asked to gather at Plaza Los Héroes before marching to Plaza Italia at 17:00. Associated demonstrations may also take place in other major urban areas including Valparaíso, Concepción, La Serena, and Curicó. Over 20,000 soldiers have been deployed to maintain order, particularly in the capital Santiago.
Overnight curfews remain in place for a sixth consecutive night on Thursday. However, hours have been reduced in some areas as the level of violence and disruptions has decreased. Curfews are in effect for the following areas:
- Santiago (22:00-04:00)
- Arica (22:00-04:00)
- Antofagasta, Calama, Tocopilla, and Mejillones (22:00-05:00)
- Iquique (23:00-05:00)
- La Serena and Coquimbo (20:00-05:00)
- Valparaíso (22:00-04:00)
- Rancagua (20:00-06:00)
- Talca (21:00-04:00)
- Concepción (23:00-04:00)
- Valdivia (22:00-06:00)
- Puerto Montt and Osorno (21:00-05:00)
Airlines operating out of Santiago International Airport (SCL), including LATAM and Sky Airlines, announced on Thursday that flights are operating regularly. Residual disruptions from previously canceled flights earlier in the week may continue in the coming days.
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.
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.
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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