What Sparked Protests in Chile and Why Tension Remains After Government Retreats

The increase in fares for public transportation that took effect October 6th triggered the protests that occurred in Chile this week, initially in the capital Santiago then spread to other major cities such as Valparaíso and Concepción.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Sunday, October 20th, there were violent clashes between the police and demonstrators. The Special Police and Military Forces repelled the attacks with tear gas and water jets.

The capital remains in turmoil with over 20,000 homes with no electricity, shops closed, canceled flights and military deployment.

Despite the fact that Chilean President Sebastián Piñera decided to suspend the increase in subway fares in Santiago, social tension remains high in . . .

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