Although President Sebastián Piñera decided to suspend the increase in the fare of the subway, the measure that triggered the protests, protesters have not left the streets and riots have escalated. The victims died in arson.
The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, said Sunday that his country is “at war” after several days of mass protests that began due to the increase in underground rates. The riots have so far left 11 dead, according to official figures given by the government of Santiago de Chile on Monday.
The mayor of the Santiago metropolitan region, Karla Rubilar, told reporters this morning: «There were three deaths the day before yesterday and eight deaths yesterday,» all in the Santiago metropolitan area.
The message was more conciliatory in tone to that of the president of Chile, who said: «We are at war against a powerful, implacable enemy, who does not respect anything or anyone and is willing to use violence and crime without any limits» , from the headquarters building of the armed forces.
Rubilar, on the other hand, said they were in the reconstruction phase, while from Twitter he has called for «peace» in Chile.
Violent protests, initially against an increase in subway fares, broke out for the first time on Friday with many stations attacked, buses on fire and traffic lights crashed while several supermarkets were looted and burned.
Interior Minister Andrés Chadwick, who announced that the emergency situation extended to two other cities, adding eight, and that it is being implemented in another four.
The result of vandalism in Chile
The violent protests unleashed after the increase in the price of the metro in Santiago have continued, despite the fact that the measure was reversed on Saturday by President Piñera.
11 deadViolent Events 53Looting 40Detained 1,462Military and police deployed 10.5Regions in emergency 10Communes with curfew 37Source
Ministry of Interior of Chile
Before the escalation of vandalism attacks, the authorities suspended activities throughout the underground network that transports 2.4 million people daily and announced that only part of one of its six lines will work on Monday.
The chaos in the Chilean capital reached the international airport after Chilean airlines suspended or rescheduled their flights, affecting thousands of people who did not know how they would reach their destinations.
«Tomorrow is not going to be an easy day, because we know perfectly well what they are preparing,» said Piñera, although he did not specify what he meant.