A demonstrator reacts as she is detained by riot policemen during a protest against Chile”s government in Santiago, Chile, November 30, 2019 [Pablo Sanhueza/Reuters]

In mid-October, mass protests erupted in Chile‘s capital Santiago after the local authorities decided to increase the fare for its metro service.

On October 14, when about 200 public high school students, mainly women, swarmed a metro station in defiance of the fee increases and the state responded with violence, the situation finally reached boiling point. Within only two weeks, millions of people took to streets across the country.

The state responded with violence. President Sebastian Pinera announced a state of emergency and deployed the army, which unleashed a brutal campaign of repression on the protesters.

Chile used to

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