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13 Dec 2019 | 04:01 AM UTC

Chile: Fresh nationwide protests called December 13 /update 43

Additional protests called in Santiago and nationwide for December 13 amid nationwide protests; heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions expected

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Event

Two groups have called for protests in Santiago and nationwide on Friday, December 13. In Santiago, participants are scheduled to gather at Plaza de la Dignidad/Plaza Italia as of 17:00 (local time). One of the groups also called for participation in all squares across Chile. Related protests are therefore to be expected in other cities such as Valparaiso.

A heightened security presence, as well as transportation and business disruptions are expected near all demonstrations. Clashes between demonstrators and police officers cannot be ruled out.

Context

Demonstrations broke out after the Chilean government announced an increase in metro and bus fares. The mass protests escalated in Santiago and other cities over the following days to denounce high costs of living, rising electricity prices, the privatization of water, and other social issues. President Sebastián Piñera announced on November 17 that the government will allow citizens to vote on a new constitution and that he is willing to consider raising pensions by more than 20 percent. An agreement reached by politicians on November 15 will organize a referendum in April 2020, where Chileans will vote whether to replace the current charter of rights (magna carta) from Pinochet's dictatorship and a new legislative assembly.

Advice

Individuals in Chile, particularly in Santiago, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, prepare for disruptions to transportation and business, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.