- Title: Protests snarl public transportation in Chile, death toll hits 15
- Date: 22nd October 2019
- Summary: SANTIAGO, CHILE (OCTOBER 22, 2019) (REUTERS) GENERAL VIEW OF EMPTY STREET, BUS DRIVING PAST WALKING SHOT OF COMMUTERS MAKING THEIR WAY, VIEW OF SHOP THAT WAS LOOTED THE NIGHT BEFORE VARIOUS OF STREET SCENES WITH BUSES AND COMMUTERS MAKING THEIR WAY WALKING SHOT OF PEOPLE WALKING ALONG SIDEWALK WHILE SHOP OWNERS CLEAN UP DEBRIS AFTER THEIR STORES WERE LOOTED OVERNIGHT BUSES TRAVELLING ALONG AVENUE RESIDENTS WEARING YELLOW VESTS CLEANING UP BURNT DEBRIS THAT WAS LEFT BEHIND BY PROTESTERS CROWD OF COMMUTERS WALKING ACROSS STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED COMMUTER AND SANTIAGO RESIDENT, SAYING: "Everything is calm, normal." COMMUTERS DESCENDING STAIRS INTO METRO STATION, SOLDIERS GATHERED JUST OUTSIDE THE METRO ENTRANCE COMMUTERS DESCENDING INTO METRO STATION COMMUTERS WALKING THROUGH METRO TURNSTILES PASSENGERS ON PLATFORM WAITING FOR TRAIN (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ANOTHER UNIDENTIFIED COMMUTER, SAYING: "Everything turned upside down, people fighting in the street but well, everything is for something and we hope that all of this is for Chile's well-being." VIEW FROM SIDEWALK INTO STORY THAT WAS RANSACKED AND DESTROYED BY LOOTERS VEHICLES DRIVING ON STREET, MAKING THEIR WAY AROUND BURNT DEBRIS LEFT BEHIND BY PROTESTERS PEOPLE WALKING ALONG STREET PILE OF DEBRIS LEFT BEHIND BY PROTESTERS AND LOOTERS, PEOPLE IN THE BACKGROUND WAITING FOR BUS VARIOUS OF RESIDENTS OF ONE AREA CLEANING UP THE SIDEWALK AND CLEARING AWAY BROKEN GLASS AND OTHER DEBRIS COMMUTERS WALKING ALONG SIDEWALK
- Embargoed: 5th November 2019 14:34
- Keywords: Chile riots looting fire supermarkets violence prices transportation
- Location: SANTIAGO, CHILE
- City: SANTIAGO, CHILE
- Country: Chile
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001B26JVIF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A hobbled metro system and damage to downtown streets snarled public transportation in the Chilean capital Santiago on Tuesday (October 22), following days of protests throughout the country that have left 15 dead and led to the arrest of 2,600, officials said.
Commuters made their way through the capital, walking around debris from looted stores and the charred remnants of barricades set up by protesters.
Shop owners and residents joined forces to clear away broken glass and other debris.
On Monday, thousands of people poured into Santiago's central squares to protest high living costs and inequality.
As pressure mounted, Chile's center-right President Sebastian Pinera said he would meet with opposition leaders on Tuesday to forge a "new social contract."
Ten cities throughout Chile have been placed in a state of emergency and under evening lockdown since riots broke out last Friday.
The widespread protests have nonetheless continued to sow destruction across the city. Santiago's central Plaza Italia, the focal point of much of the unrest, was littered with broken glass and stone, graffiti and still-smoldering fires. Many downtown streets reeked of tear gas early on Monday.
(Production: Esteban Medel, Jorge Vega, Guillermo Garcia)
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