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Chile: Government Extends Curfew as Protests Continue

1 MIN READOct 22, 2019 | 15:32 GMT

What Happened: Protests in Chile continued Oct. 21 with gatherings in the capital Santiago and demonstrators calling for the resignation of President Sebastian Pinera, CNN reported. Meanwhile, the government decided to extend a mandatory curfew for a third day, while Pinera said he would hold talks with opposition groups to explore solutions for their demands.

Why It Matters: Pinera is attempting to ease ongoing protests by seeking dialogue after already rescinding a controversial metro fare hike that sparked the unrest. However, it's unclear whether his attempts will be sufficient to quell the disruptive protests.

Background: Chile's protests, which began Oct. 18, show no signs of abating. Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet also weighed in on the protests, saying she supports a dialogue process between the government and opposition groups. Bachelet also called for an independent inquiry into injuries and deaths during the protests.

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