By HALYNNA SNYDER
SANTIAGO — Protests broke out in Santiago, Chile following a raise in subway fares in early October. While the protests began as a cooridnated fare evasion by students, it quickly escalated into a conflict that enveloped the entire city. President Sebastián Piñera officially declared a state of emergency on October 18, deploying Chilean Army forces across the city.
Protestors shield themselves from tear gas in Santiago, Chile (Tomas Munita)
Protests in Santiago, Chile (Tomas Munita)
Demonstrations in Santiago, Chile (Tomas Munita)
Protestor throws tear gas at an approaching vehicle (Tomas Munita)
Police gather on a local street (Tomas Munita)
On October 25, over a million people gathered in protest against President Piñera. As of October 26, 2,5000 people have been injured, 2,840 have been arrested and 19 people have died. Since the president unleashed the police on the public in an attempt to diffuse protests, Amnesty International has received hundred of complaints against the police for human rights violations such as excessive use of force, arbitrary detention and illegal raids. President Piñera has declared a state of emergency in eight cities: Santiago, Antofagasta, Chillan, Punta Arenas, Talca, Temuco, Valdivia and Valparaiso.