Piñera declares the state of emergency after protests over the rise in the price of the metro in Santiago

Protests in Santiago de Chile for the rise in the price of metro tickets – REUTERS / STRINGER.

The Chilean capital's metro network suspends its service throughout the weekend due to the riots


The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, has declared on Friday the state of emergency in the capital of the country, Santiago de Chile, after protests that have occurred over the rise in the price of the city's metro tickets.

Piñera declares the state of emergency after protests over the rise in the price of the metro in Santiago
Piñera declares the state of emergency after protests over the rise in the price of the metro in Santiago

“Faced with the serious and repeated attacks and attacks on the stations and facilities of the Santiago metro, against public order and public safety and against both public and private property … I have declared a state of emergency in the provinces from Santiago and in the districts of Puente Alto and San Bernardo in the metropolitan region, “Piñera announced in a press conference.

The president has assured that the objective of the state of emergency is “to ensure public order, the tranquility of the inhabitants of the city of Santiago, to protect both public and private assets and to guarantee the rights” of those who have been affected by ” the action of criminals who do not respect anything or anyone. ”

“In a democracy, in a State of Law, which with so much effort we have built all Chileans in our country, there should be no room for violence and crime that we have known in our city,” Piñera denounced.

Also, the Chilean president has explained that the rise in the price of the meter has been caused by the “rise that has occurred in the price of the dollar and the price of oil” and has indicated that he understands “perfectly” and that he is in solidarity with the Chileans They are affected by the price increase.

Piñera has also affirmed that the Government will convene in the next few days a “transversal” dialogue and that it will make “all the efforts within our reach to mitigate and deal with the situation of our compatriots who have been affected”.

The president has thanked the police and firefighters of Chile for the “sacrifice, delivery and commitment they have shown to defend our security, our city, our rule of law.”

Hours earlier, Chilean Interior Minister Andrés Chadwick has announced that the Government has decided to invoke the state security law against those who are responsible “for causing damage to the goods of the Santiago metro and at the same time preventing it can develop normally. ”

Chadwick has stressed that complaints have already been filed under the law, which has ensured that “it establishes very harsh penalties.” He also stressed that they will continue to present themselves “in the face of any event that may mean violence,” according to the newspaper 'La Tercera'.

The Chilean minister has condemned, on behalf of the Government, “the acts of violence and vandalism that have occurred” in the subway and stressed that they are being carried out by “organized groups.”

“It is a time to make decisions and I would like to make a call to our compatriots to work together for peace and public order,” said the Chilean minister.


For its part, the capital's metro service has announced that due to the disturbances that have occurred at the stations, all its lines have been closed, something that will remain throughout the weekend.

“This measure has been taken due to the serious destruction of the infrastructure and systems of the stations that prevent having the minimum security conditions for passengers and workers,” he said in a statement.

The Minister of Transportation, Gloria Hutt, has detailed that the suspension of the subway lines will remain until repairs are made. In addition, Hutt has ruled out reviewing the fares of subway tickets, because it is an “already established decision”.

The protests have begun in the Chilean capital after the government decided to raise the price of the metro ticket from 800 to 830 pesos (from around 1.01 to 1.05 euros).

According to government sources, cited by 'La Tercera', at least 16 metro stations have been damaged and ten city buses have been burned.

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