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18 Killed as Hundreds of Thousands of Protestors Take to the Streets in Chile

For the past week, the streets of Chile’s capital, Santiago have resounded with the sound of banging metal pots, the rallying call of more than 400,000 protesters taking part in demonstrations across the country. Protesters clashed with police firing rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons to disperse crowds.

The demonstrations, which began on Oct. 18 in defiance over an increase in subway fares, have spilled over into their eighth day. Chilean truck and taxi drivers on Friday brought gridlock to Santiago’s highways in protest against high road tolls, Reuters reports.

In an attempt to calm the protests, Chile’s President made a televised apology for his government’s failure to respond to long-standing frustrations. But the apology hasn’t quelled the protests, which have so far led to at least 18 deaths. This the most violent unrest Chile has witnessed since the end of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in 1990. Here’s what to know.
Last Modified: Saturday، 26 October 2019 12:57 AM