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Chilean government further extends the curfew in Santiago to curb riots


Sajid Aziz
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Five people were killed on Sunday when a clothing factory burned near Santiago, killing seven as a result of a wave of protests across the country, the government further extended the curfew in Santiago.

Nearly all public transport in the capital city of seven million people was paralyzed yesterday, with shops closed and many flights in and out of the capital’s international airport canceled.

Firefighters say five people were killed in a fire at a clothing factory in Renca, north of the capital.

“Five bodies were found in the factory,” Santiago fire chief Diego Velasquez said.

Curfew further extends after deaths toll rose to seven in Santiago

According to France 24, General Javier Iturriaga said the curfew was announced from 9 pm local time, calling on residents of the capital to remain calm and stay home, adding that the state of emergency declared for 15 days by President Sebastian Pinera last Friday, In Santiago capital, it was expanded to include in addition to the capital, five more regions of the country.

“Democracy is not just a right, it has a duty to defend itself using all the tools provided by democracy and the rule of law to fight those who want to destroy it”, Pinera said.

Violent clashes broke out in the capital Santiago on Sunday between demonstrators and police on the third day, one of the worst unrest in decades in the history of Chile, caused at least seven dead and three injured.

Demonstrations began last Friday, against the increase in fees for the Santiago Metro.  The metro is the largest and most modern subway network in Latin America, with a length of 140 kilometers and transports three million passengers.

The president retreated on Saturday evening from the decision to increase transportation prices, but the spark of protests did not extinguish, the demonstrators raised the ceiling of their demands to include other issues such as social inequality, access to education and health services associated with the private sector.

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