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3 are dead after Chilean protesters staged violent demonstrations over a subway fare hike, burning buildings and bringing the country’s capital to a standstill


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3 are dead after Chilean protesters staged violent demonstrations over a subway fare hike, burning buildings and bringing the country’s capital to a standstill

Reuters/Ivan Alvarado Chile has been engulfed in protests for the last week since the country’s government proposed raising fare costs for public transportation.Three people died in a supermarket fire related to the protests, and at least 180 people have been arrested. Thousands marched in the streets of Chile’s capital, Santiago.Chilean president Sebastián Piñera declared a…

3 are dead after Chilean protesters staged violent demonstrations over a subway fare hike, burning buildings and bringing the country’s capital to a standstill

chile subway fare hike protests


Reuters/Ivan Alvarado


Thousands have been protesting in Chile’s capital over the past week since the country’s government proposed raising prices for its public transit system.

Photos from the scenes in Santiago, Chile have shown buses and subway stations engulfed in flames, and protesters clashing with armed military soldiers in charge of restoring order. The protests have resulted in at least three deaths after a supermarket near the capital was reportedly looted and burned.

Even after Chilean president Sebastián Piñera announced Saturday that plans for the subway fare hike would be suspended, the violent and fiery protests have continued.

Here are some the photos that shed light on the widespread protests through the streets of Chile’s capital:

The Chilean government recently announced it planned to increase public transit fares by 4% — raising them from the equivalent of $1.12 to $1.16. the price hike reportedly went into effect Oct. 6.

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Source: Associated Press

But on Monday, students started to protest through Santiago, Chile in a mass fare-evasion campaign, jumping over and dipping under turnstiles in the subway to avoid paying.

chile subway fare hikes protest

Holding signs that read in Spanish, from left, “We pay Cops Salaries and subway fare, and here they are against us,” “Save on your ticket” and “The people united will never be defeated.”
AP Photo/Esteban Felix


Source: Associated Press

By the time of Friday’s afternoon commute, protests had turned violent. Protesters vandalized subway stations, smashed glass, set buses and trains on fire, and threw objects onto metro tracks.

chile subway fare hike protests

Photos inside a subway station on fire.
Javier Torres/AFP via Getty Images


Source: NPR

Chilean police and military were brought into Santiago to quell protesters and remove them from the subways. Armed with riot gear and batons, authorities were met with resistance and used force to arrest protesters.

chile subway fare hike protests

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Reuters/Ivan Alvarado


Source: NPR

Subway service in Santiago was promptly suspended Friday after protests reached a fever pitch. Thousands of commuters were stranded coming home from work.

chile subway fare hike protest


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Source: AP

With entrances to subway stations closed, the protests moved to the streets by Friday night, and have continued there.

chile subway fare hike protests


Reuters/Rodrigo Garrido


On Friday evening, a high-rise belonging to electricity provider Enel Chile was reportedly torched after it was targeted by a firebomb.

chile skyscraper protests subway

Firefighters work to put out the flames rising from the Enel Energy Europe building set on fire by protesters against the rising cost of subway and bus fares, in Santiago, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.
AP Photo/Esteban Felix


Source: NPR

Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, declared a state of emergency in affected areas as protests raged on into early Saturday morning. The state of emergency gave the military the ability to restrict assembly and protest.

chile subway fare hike protests


Reuters/Rodrigo Garrido


Source: AP

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