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Santiago: Violent protests resume against high cost of living

In Chile, violent incidents resumed as buses were set in flames, heavily armed soldiers patrolled streets and confronted demonstrators in the capital Santiago. Police said they used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators at a burning building, including a supermarket where three persons died in the fire.

Protests started fifteen days ago as Police officers daily confronted violent demonstrators who are protesting against the high cost of living in Chile considered as one of the most economically strong countries in South America. 179 persons were arrested, 50 of the protesters are minors.

The protests led to a state of emergency in Santiago, ordered by centre-right President Sebastian Pinera in a rare decision which had been lacking since the Pinochet era in the 80s. Following a cabinet meeting, Pinera called for an urgent meeting with all parliamentarians, however Opposition MPs declined the offer and instead insisted that Pinera should withdraw the tariff increases in public transport that led to the demonstrations.

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