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22 Nov 2019 | 10:40 AM UTC

Chile: Protest scheduled in Santiago November 22-25 /update 34

Chile News Alert

Protest scheduled in Santiago amid ongoing nationwide protests November 22-25; heightened security presence to continue

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/22/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/26/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Santiago). COUNTRY/REGION Chile, SAntiago

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Event

The Social Union has called for a protest in Santiago on Friday, November 22, as of 17:00 (local time) at Plaza Italia/Plaza Dignidad. There is also a planned protest across several regions led by the National Association of Employees (ANEF) at 12:00 in various locations. Other groups have also called for protests in front of public administration buildings in Santiago as of 08:30 on Friday.

The Wenuy group has scheduled a protest for Saturday, November 23, to call for a just childhood at Plaza Italia at 15:00. Participants will later march to Palacio La Moneda.  Further, a protest is scheduled on Monday, November 25, at Plaza Italia at 17:00 and another on Tuesday, November 26, at the Tobalaba-Costanera shopping center in Santiago at 17:00.

Transportation disruptions were reported in Antofagasta on Thursday due to security concerns related to protesters, affecting 11 of the city's 13 bus lines. Further transportation disruptions are likely on Friday, including delays.

Additional protests, including spontaneous ones, are therefore to be expected over the next several days in Santiago and other major urban areas across the country. A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are expected at all demonstrations. Further clashes between demonstrators and police officers cannot be ruled out.

Context

President Sebastián Piñera announced on November 17 that the government will allow citizens to vote on a new constitution and that it is willing to consider raising pensions by more than 20 percent. An agreement reached by politicians on November 15 will organize a referendum in April 2020, where Chileans will vote whether to replace the current charter of rights (magna carta) from Pinochet's dictatorship and a new legislative assembly.

At least 24 people have reportedly been killed and another 2000 wounded since the start of the protests on October 6. Demonstrations broke out 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. Security forces have been accused of using excessive force and other human rights violations while dealing with the unrest. Health sector employees protested on November 21, to call attention to the use of violence among police officers. They marched to Palacio de Tribunales to file an appeal that requires police to adhere to certain protocols and refrain from assaulting health employees and volunteers during protests.

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.

 

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