Chilean military officials confirmed overnight curfews for multiple cities across the country from Monday, October 21, into Tuesday, October 22. A curfew is in place between 18:00-06:00 (local time) in Valparaíso and Concepción; from 20:00-06:00 in Santiago, Rancagua, Antofagasta, La Serena, and Coquimbo; and from 21:00-06:00 in Valdivia. President Sebastián Piñera declared a state of emergency on Friday, October 18, and it is expected to remain in effect for 15 days.
Over 10,500 security personnel were deployed on Monday as protests continued in Santiago and other cities. Clashes between security forces and protesters were reported in some areas and over 1500 people have been arrested. According to media reports, at least 11 people have been killed during violent protests from Saturday, October 19, through Monday. On Tuesday, the union of workers at the Escondida copper mine will hold a day-long strike in a show of solidarity with the protesters.
Transportation disruptions, including at Santiago International Airport (SCL), are also expected to continue over the coming days. LATAM and Sky Airline canceled flights on Monday and Tuesday due to the demonstrations. Some airlines are advising travelers to avoid traveling to SCL if their flight has been canceled.
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.
The Escondida mine is the world largest copper mine.
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.
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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