Authorities have been trying to restore calm in Santiago, which has been roiled by a crisis that erupted over metro fare hikes but escalated into the most severe outbreak of social unrest since the end of Pinochet's dictatorship nearly 30 years ago.
Approved by President Sebastian Pinera, Chileans will on April 26 decide whether they want a new constitution and if they do, whether the body that draws up the new document should be a popularly elected assembly or one mixed with current lawmakers.
The recent wave of uprisings across the Middle East represents a continuation of the revolutionary process that began in 2011, and while they all have regional and local contexts, they do share a common thread.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Wednesday announced that his country is pulling out of organizing Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit and UN Climate Change Conference amid escalating violence in country-wide protests.
The Chilean government's treatment of protesters is reviving painful memories of the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
More than a million Chileans have taken to the streets calling for reforms of the country’s economic structure but it was a hike to metro fares that proved the spark for unrest.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera unveiled a major cabinet reshuffle on Monday as he battles to find a response to more than a week of street protests that have left at least 20 people dead.
The president asked all his cabinet members to resign, saying that he understands the message of the protests and promising that change is coming.
Opponents said prohibiting flights would simply make it harder for Cuban-Americans to visit their families outside the capital, without making a significant impact on the Cuban government.
Violence continues despite government retreat on fare hike. Officials in Santiago said three people died in fires at two looted supermarkets early Sunday. Five more people later were found dead in the basement of a burned warehouse, authorities said.
Chileans angry over social and economic issues clashed with security forces despite a state of emergency declared to quell the worst violence in years in one of Latin America's most stable countries.
Chile's president declared a state of emergency in Santiago and gave the military responsibility for security after a day of violent protests over increases in the price of metro tickets.
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