Chile is "at war," said President Sebastian Pinera on Sunday, whose country has been rocked by three days of riots and robberies that killed seven, the worst social explosion in recent decades, AFP notes, taken over by ager press.
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For the second night in a row, a siege was introduced in Santiago de Chile between 19.00 and 06.00 (22.00-09.00 GMT). The emergency situation also applies in several regions, including the capital with seven million inhabitants. The measure was extended on Sunday evening to several large cities in the southern and northern part of the country.
"We are at war against a strong, untrustworthy enemy who respects nothing and nobody and who is prepared to resort to violence and crime without anything.
General Javier Iturriaga, accused on Friday of public safety by the head of state, urged residents to remain "calm" and not to leave their homes.
The riots continued. Sunday. Afternoon demonstrations took place between protesters and police in the center of the capital, while robberies were registered at several locations in Santiago de Chile.
Thus, five people lost their lives in the fire from a clothing factory. destroyed by protesters. "Five bodies were found inside the factory because of the fire," in the northern part of the capital, Diego Velasquez, the firefighter in Santiago de Chile, told the local press.
Two people died on Saturday night in a fire. the supermarket also robbed protesters in the southern capital, and the third was injured, with burns "on 75% of the surface" on the body, according to authorities.
In addition, two people were injured by bullets and admitted to the state hospital. "serious" after an incident with the police during a robbery, also in the southern capital, according to the source.
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According to the authorities, 1,492 people were arrested, of whom 644 in the capital and 848 in the rest of the country.
After three days of violence, the capital of the capital and other major cities, such as Valparaiso and Concepcion, offer gloomy images: destroyed traffic lights, burnt bus debris, robbed and burned shops.
Hundreds of flights were canceled in Santiago Chile during the siege. Thousands of passengers stranded overnight at the airport.
Demonstrations began on Friday to protest rising prices, from 800 to 830 pesos (about € 1.04), in the Santiago de Chile metro, the largest network in South America, 140 kilometers, with three million passengers daily.
President Pinera interrupted the increase on Saturday, but protests and violence continued, amid complaints about social and economic conditions and inequalities in this country appreciated for their economic and political stability, but where access to medical services and education belongs almost exclusively to the private service.