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    Army soldiers stop a man protesting with a Chilean flag, after a night of riots that forced President Sebastian Pinera to announce a state of emergency, in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. The protests started on Friday afternoon when high school students flooded subway stations, jumping turnstiles, dodging fares and vandalizing stations as part of protests against a fare hike, but by nightfall had extended throughout Santiago with students setting up barricades and fires at the entrances to subway stations. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    Death Toll From Riots in Chile Rises to 10 - Local Authorities

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    SANTIAGO (Sputnik) - Ten people have died in Chile amid ongoing violent riots, most of whom were victims of fires in shopping centres, according to local authorities.

    On Sunday, reports came in about a supermarket in the Chilean capital of Santiago having been set on fire overnight and leaving four people dead. The municipal authorities said the supermarket had been robbed before catching fire.

    "Five bodies were found in the underwear store", the mayor of the capital region Karla Rubilar said.

    Earlier, a Peruvian was reportedly killed in another torched supermarket, while a young Ecuadorian died in the city of Serena from a bullet wound, reportedly shot by a serviceman, however, the authorities have not yet confirmed this information.

    Chile has been engulfed in public unrest since 6 October, when the authorities increased subway fares. What started as peaceful public demonstrations, grew into violent rallies, clashes with law enforcement, and public unrest. On Friday, the violence peaked as protesters burned several subway stations as well as buses and office buildings. The Santiago subway was closed for the weekend.

    The increasingly violent nature of the public rallies forced the authorities to declare a state of emergency and then impose a curfew in the provinces of Santiago and Chacabuco, as well as in the municipalities of Puente Alto and San Bernardo on Saturday.

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