Five Killed after Protestors Torch Garment Factory in Santiago, Chile

Curfews Extended to Major Cities to Restore Calm


Five people were confirmed dead after a clothes factory was set on fire by protestors in Chile’s capital Santiago, bringing the total number of fatalities to seven.

The protests were sparked by the decision of the government to hike metro fares. The demonstrators have also decried inequality and the sky-rocketing cost of living.

The Chilean government has since declared a state of emergency in a bid to quell the violent protests, which have been taking place for almost a week. Curfews were also imposed on major cities including Biobío, Coquimbo and Valparaíso. Thousands of security forces were deployed to the streets to restore order, leading to the arrest of more than 1400 people.

Schools, Banks and shops remained closed ahead of a major demonstration scheduled for Monday. Public transport within the capital was disrupted and some flights out of the city cancelled.

President Sebastián Piñera criticized the protests saying “We’re at war against a powerful enemy, who is willing to use violence without any limits.”

Wrongful death and personal injury attorney Arin Khodaverdian, President and Managing Partner of Alpine Law Group, urges accidents victims and their families to immediately seek legal assistance. “Those who are affected by tragedy have rights, but they must act quickly in order to preserve those rights to the full extent of the law. Often, swift action by an experienced attorney is imperative in order to preserve evidence, interview witnesses and immediately begin pursuing any and all responsible parties.”

While Mr. Khodaverdian does not represent any of the parties involved in this incident, he has recovered over $100 million for thousands of injury victims and their families. “In one case, we were able to recover a 7-figure settlement within 11 business days of being hired by the family of a victim killed by a negligent driver. While this result is atypical and does not predict future outcomes, justice in this case help bring about closure and a swift sense of justice for the family.”

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