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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)

    Day Two of General Strikes in Support of Riots in Santiago, Chile - Video

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    Protests have engulfed the Chilean capital of Santiago since the government announced an increase in public transport fares. The government subsequently scrapped the initiative and announced a national emergency, mobilising the army and installing a curfew.

    Chilean capital Santiago is bracing for the second day of general strikes in support of demonstrations that rocked the country over the recent weeks.

    On Wednesday, trade unions held protests in support of recent student-led rallies. People gathered in the Chilean capital to oppose price hikes and criticise the behaviour of police officers during the previous demonstrations.

    The rioting began after the government announced a spike in transport fares. While the motion was later abandoned, the protests evolved into a broader movement protesting against other grievances.


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