Chilean Government Declares State of Emergency after Days of Violent Protests against Fare Hike

President Piñera Promises Dialogue to Restore Public Order


The Chilean government has declared a state of emergency following a wave of violent protests due to increased metro ticket prices.

President Sebastián Piñera said the state of emergency was aimed at ensuring public order and safety of property.

Earlier this month, the government hiked train fares citing higher energy costs and a weaker peso. The move did not sit well with many, sparking a wave of demonstrations in the country’s capital, Santiago.

The protesters, comprising mostly of high school and university students, took to the streets attacking metro stations and damaging property across the city. The demonstrators lit fires and blocked traffic, prompting the government to deploy the police to quell the protests.

Anti-riot police used teargas and batons against the protestors who were throwing rocks at the police vehicles. One bus was reportedly torched by the protestors.

President Piñera said he would call for a dialogue to alleviate the suffering of those affected by the increase in fares. However, the government has said it would not reverse the fare increase.

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