Chile protests: Unrest in Santiago over metro fare increase

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19th October, 2019 10:54:56 printer

Chile protests: Unrest in Santiago over metro fare increase

 

A state of emergency has been declared in the Chilean capital, Santiago, after protests against increased metro ticket prices turned violent.

Protesters - many of them high school and university students - jumped turnstiles, attacked several underground stations, started fires and blocked traffic, leaving widespread damage across the city and thousands of commuters without transport, reports BBC.

Metro authorities said all lines would remain closed for at least two days due to the serious destruction.

Earlier this month, the government increased fares by as much as $1.17 (£0.90) for a journey during peak hours, blaming higher energy costs and a weaker peso.

 

 


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