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Riots at Chile Depart seven dead as government extends state of emergency

Protests led by pupils started two weeks ago over fare hikes on public transportation.

The government will extend a state of crisis to cities in its south and north, President Sebastian Pinera said on Sunday.

“We’re at war against a strong enemy, who’s ready to use violence with no limitations,” Pinera said in a late-night televised announcement at military headquarters in Santiago.

He supported the state of emergency he announced for Santiago on Saturday night, which attracted the army onto the roads, could be expanded to the north and north of the funding.

Pinera said Santiago’s subway and bus system could function a partial support on Monday, Together with hospitals and a few schools

“Tomorrow we will have a challenging afternoon,” he explained. “We are extremely conscious that (that the perpetrators of riots) possess a level of business, logistics, average of a criminal association,” he explained.

Interior Minister Andres Chadwick told the news conference at Santiago before on Sunday night the decision to expand the crisis step came with an”escalation of violence and vandalism.”

Chadwick said army and police figures were at 10,500 at Santiago and could be reinforced where needed.

Prosecutors said 1,462 individuals were billed by mid-afternoon on Sunday about this day’s protests, 614 of these in Santiago, that followed 179 arrests at Santiago on Saturday.

The army police resisted by Pinera with chronological arrangement in Santiago announced on Sunday another night-time curfew in the capital as the authorities fought to include violence.

But, several big demonstrations lasted beyond the mandated curfew hour, witnesses and Chilean press reported.