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Chile protests: Cost of living protests take deadly toll

Protesters and security forces clashed for a third day in Santiago

The number of people killed in violent protests against rising living costs in Chile has risen to 11, Santiago Governor Karla Rubilar said on Monday.

At least five of those killed died after looters torched a garment factory near the capital.

The military and police used tear gas and water cannon against protesters and a curfew was imposed in major cities.

A state of emergency already in place in Santiago is to be extended to cities in the country's north and south.

The unrest, sparked by a now suspended metro fare hike, widened to reflect anger over living costs and inequality.

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Ahead of major disruption expected on Monday, Chile's President Sebastián Piñera said the country was "at war" with a violent enemy.

But the head of national security, Gen Javier Iturriaga, played down such talk.

After taking a helicopter flight over the city to assess the situation, he told journalists on Monday morning he was satisfied with the situation.

"To tell you the truth, I'm not at war with anyone," he said. "I'm a happy man."

What is happening on the ground?

Firefighters say they found five bodies inside the garment factory burned by rioters in a suburb of Santiago. Three more people are also reported to have died on Sunday although no details have so far been given about the circumstances of their deaths.

Earlier reports suggested three people had died in a supermarket fire in Santiago on Saturday, bringing the total of people killed since the protests started to 11.

There had been 70 "serious incidents of violence", including 40 lootings of supermarkets and other businesses. Two people also suffered gunshot wounds after a clash with police, officials say.

"We're facing a real escalation that is undoubtedly organised to cause serious damage to our country and the lives of each of its citizens," Interior Minister Andrés Chadwick said.

Some 10,500 police and soldiers have been deployed on the streets, he added, while officials report more than 1,400 arrests.

In several cities on Sunday, protesters set more buses on fire, smashed up metro stations and clashed with riot police. A night-time curfew was imposed in the areas of Santiago, Valparaíso, Coquimbo and Biobío.

A state of emergency will be applied to Anto***asta, Valparaíso, Valdivia, Chillán, Talca, Temuco and Punta Arenas, allowing authorities to restrict people's freedom of movement and their right to assembly.

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In Santiago, almost all public transport was suspended and some flights at the international airport were cancelled or rescheduled because of insufficient crew.

Image captionHundreds of travellers have been affected by flight cancellations

At least one line of the city's metro was expected to reopen on Monday after the entire system was closed on Friday because of damage.

What does the president say?

Mr Piñera, a billionaire conservative, has been criticised for his response to the protests, the most severe crisis of his current term.

In a TV speech, he said people who were causing fires, setting up barricades and looting were "criminals".

 

 

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Eddie

Es una pena todas las cosas que están pasando en LatinoAmérica. Dios quiera que todas estas cosas se solucionen sin más heridos.

What if tomorrow I see you again? Should I say that I used to love you?
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PartySick
3 hours ago, Lemon Pie said:

Mr Piñera, a billionaire conservative, has been criticised for his response to the protests, the most severe crisis of his current term.

In a TV speech, he said people who were causing fires, setting up barricades and looting were "criminals".

A billionaire that's out of touch with the working class? Shocking :omg:

Keep fighting for what you deserve :pawsup:

#KeepAmericaGreatAgain 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
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Economy

They say the world has low inflation right now but stuff like this is why i dont believe it

 

the headline inflation numbers just dont fully grasp all the factors in the cost of living and politicians dont get that and people suffer :saladga:

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