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Chaos in Chile: protesters set fire to the magazine El Mercurio de Valparaíso




The facade of the headquarters of the news was also damaged Credit: Screenshot

SANTIAGO DE CHILE.- Dozens of protesters set fire to the building by


The Mercury
of
Valparaíso the oldest circulation newspaper in
Chile in the midst of the violent
riots in Santiago and other regions. "They burned down the building
El Mercurio in Valparaíso, joins Merval's cash office [subte] and a supermarket, "he published that medium via Twitter.

Protesters broke the huge door of the old building in
El Mercuri or founded 1827-, ​​located in the heart of the tourist gate of Valparaíso (120 kilometers west of Santiago) and burnt inside. Then the firefighters managed to extinguish the flames. The fire happened around 9:30 pm yesterday; half an hour later
Curfew was enacted in other regions of Chile, which eventually extended to Valparaíso.

The first floor of the building would have been completely burned. In addition, the flames calcined the facade of the newspaper. Some furniture and objects were taken out and burned in the street. The workers inside – where the magazine La Estrella also works – managed to evacuate.

With 192 years of existence,
Mercury by Valparaíso is one of the oldest in America. In 1900, the businessman Agustín Edwards founded
El Mercurio from Santiago, the conservative line magazine that is currently one of the most important in Chile.

A Valparaíso subway station, supermarkets and other shops in the center of the port were burned by protesters in disruptions stemming from the violent demonstrations recorded since Friday in Santiago.

President Sebastián Piñera, backed down and announced on Saturday the suspension of the rise of the Santiago metro price, which had caused the violent demonstrations, and a total curfew was set in the capital.

AFP Agency


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