Massive street protests: Now it’s Chile’s turn

Massive street protests: Now it’s Chile’s turn
Protesters in Santiago, Chile hit with water cannon, Oct 2019. Euronews video, YouTube

[Ed. – Protests (some of which turned into riots) were all over Ecuador as recently as last week. They continue in Hong Kong, and have erupted in Barcelona in the last few days due to the sentences handed down for Catalan separatist leaders in Spanish court.  Mass protests are occurring in Lebanon too.  The “gilets jaunes” are still coming out in parts of Europe, including major French cities.  Comparatively little of this is being seen in North America.]

Chileans angry over social and economic issues clashed with security forces for a second day Saturday despite a state of emergency declared to quell the worst violence in years in one of Latin America’s most stable countries.

Authorities announced a curfew in Santiago starting at 0100 GMT Sunday, after protesters set buses on fire, burned metro stations and clashed with riot police in the city of seven million.

“Having analyzed the situation and the appalling actions that occurred today, I have made the decision to suspend freedoms and movement through a total curfew,” said Army General Javier Iturriaga, who is overseeing security during the state of emergency.

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