The President of Chile has declared emergency after the capital of the state i.e. Santiago had undergone protests and riots consequential to the closing down of the one hundred and thirty-six metro stations in the region and a building being burnt in flames. The President, Sebastian Pinera took the decision after the protests by the protesters turned extremely violent while protesting against the hike in the price on public transportation.
The state of violence can be acknowledged by the action of the agitated mass that looted shops attempted to burn the metro stations and other public transports like buses, lit fire to the buildings of the corporate headquarters and were evidenced by the witnesses, the media which highlighted the video footages of the barbaric activities. The state of emergency in the capital viewed many police officers and the firefighters coming to rescue in order to minimize the damage caused by fire and the out of control situation. The President even had identified the protesters involved in it as criminals and added that a law concerning the security of the state would be invoked in order to accuse them of the damages that they have caused. However, at the same time, he pitied the people who are affected by the rise in the rates of public transportation. The video footages that are captured reveals that most of the people engaged in the protests were high school or university students.
It is interesting to note that Chile as a country is one of the most prosperous countries in Latin America, but have always been in the news for the unequal laws and treatment of the people in the country be it in the context of the rates of tax and labour codes in the pension scheme of the country or the living expenses in the country.
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