Demonstrations Ongoing

Nov 27, 2019

As of the morning hours of 26 November 2019, anti-government demonstrations are ongoing in Chile. In the capital Santiago, protesters have set up blockades, disrupting vehicular traffic on Santa Rosa and Americo Vespucio avenues; authorities have closed the San Rosa metro station due to the disturbances. Police officers used a water cannon and tear gas to disperse protesters blocking traffic on Avenida Departamental earlier in the day. Demonstrators have begun to gather in Santiago’s Plaza Italia, and additional demonstrations are expected to occur in the city and elsewhere in Chile. The Chilean Dockworkers Union has launched a 48-strike, affecting operations at 24 ports. Additionally, education, health and public sector workers are scheduled to strike on 27 November.

In the Biobío region, protest actions, including roadblocks, have been reported at different points along Ruta 160 and Ruta de la Madera. Additionally, protesters have blockaded Salvador Allende Avenue and a number of other thoroughfares in the city of Antofagasta, causing traffic jams. Roadblocks were also set up in the Tarapacá region.

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