Chile’s leader declares emergency amid riots

A subway ticket office is seen on fire during a protest against the increase in the subway ticket prices in Santiago, Chile on Oct. 19. REUTERS/RAMON MONROY

SANTIAGO – Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera declared a state of emergency in the capital Santiago as the city of 6 million descended into chaos.   

Pinera spoke to the nation early on Saturday, declaring an emergency lockdown.

He said he would invoke a special state security law to prosecute the “criminals” responsible for the city-wide damage.   

Black-hooded protesters enraged by recent fare hikes on public transportation lit fires at several metro stations, looted shops, burned a public bus, and swung metal pipes at train station turnstiles during Friday’s afternoon commute, according to witnesses, social media and television footage.(Reuters)


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