Protests in Chile have boiled over into violent clashes with 11 people killed at the hands of security forces, confirms Reuters. Demonstrations turned violent on Friday as civil unrest broke out across Santiago in response to price hikes for public transportation and utilities.
Chileans are protesting widespread economic inequality and low wages that barely cover basic necessities. Citizens are also reporting that they are unable to withdraw their money from local banks and ATMs that have been shut down.
An extremely disturbing video from media outlet RT shows a man getting shot in the street.
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Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, who imposed a military curfew as weekend protests erupted in the nation’s capital and largest city, retracted the 4% transit price hike.
Piñera, a billionaire who had described the protestors as “delinquents,” now says he vows to repair the public trust by reducing the cost of basic goods and services, including healthcare and pension offerings. In a public address on Monday, Piñera agreed to meet with opposition leaders to construct a “new social contract” and address economic inequality.
With Chileans defying the curfew, a high-rise building burned, storefronts smashed, trains in flames, public transportation suspended, schools closed and looting on the rise, widespread damage and a rising death toll have imposed a massive military presence of roughly 10,500 soldiers.
According to the Chilean Prosecutor’s Office, over 2,000 people have been detained.
2.151 detenidos por desmanes, a lo largo del país, son pasados hoy por la Fiscalía a control de detención. En la Región Met.