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Chile: Protests continue despite military curfew

Chile, Santiago
October 23, 2019 at 06:35 GMT +00:00 · Published

Evening protests continued into the night despite a military-enforced curfew in Santiago on Tuesday.

A traditional 'cacerolazo' - a popular form of protest involving pot-banging - was held in the heart of the Chilean capital.

As night fell, clashes erupted between police, the military and protesters. Thousands defied the nighttime curfew, imposed as part of a state of emergency, while the army was deployed to try and quell the protests.

The unrest was sparked by a rise in metro prices, but has since evolved into wide-ranging grievances over austerity and inequality.

Fifteen people have died and more than 5,000 arrested.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera responded with an apology and announced a reform package during an address to the nation on Tuesday.

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Evening protests continued into the night despite a military-enforced curfew in Santiago on Tuesday.

A traditional 'cacerolazo' - a popular form of protest involving pot-banging - was held in the heart of the Chilean capital.

As night fell, clashes erupted between police, the military and protesters. Thousands defied the nighttime curfew, imposed as part of a state of emergency, while the army was deployed to try and quell the protests.

The unrest was sparked by a rise in metro prices, but has since evolved into wide-ranging grievances over austerity and inequality.

Fifteen people have died and more than 5,000 arrested.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera responded with an apology and announced a reform package during an address to the nation on Tuesday.

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