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27 Jan 2020 | 03:37 AM UTC

Chile: Protests scheduled in Santiago January 27, 28 /update 47

Students call for additional protests in Santiago on January 27, 28; transportation disruption and a heightened security presence likely

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Event

The Coordinating Assembly of High School Students (ACES) has called for additional protests on Monday, January 27, and on Tuesday, January 28. The protest is called in opposition of the university selection tests, seen as a symbol of inequality in the Chilean education system. The protests are expected to take place in the vicinity of universities across Santiago. Protests are possible in other urban centers across the country.

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 in October 2019 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.