Protesters gathered in Santiago on Monday afternoon (local time), May 18, to denounce a shortage of food and aid during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. As hundreds gathered in the El Bosque commune, security forces deployed to the area and dispersed crowds using water cannons and tear gas. The protesters are demanding support from the federal and local government authorities as many claim to not be able to work during the pandemic.
Further unrest, and potential clashes between demonstrators and police officers, cannot be ruled out.
Individuals in Santiago, and Chile more generally, 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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