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Chile Protests Continue After Gov't Backs Down on Subway Fare Hike

A state of emergency and curfew remains in effect for six Chilean cities as protests surrounding the now lifted subway fare hike ensue. A state of emergency and curfew remains in effect for six Chilean cities as protests surrounding the now lifted subway fare hike ensue. | 

Created: October 20, 2019 12:39 PM

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Protests in Chile have spilled over into a new day even after the president canceled a subway fare hike that prompted massive and violent demonstrations.

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The governor of the Santiago region says three people died in a fire at a looted supermarket early Sunday. It's one of 60 Walmart-owned outlets that have been vandalized and the company says many stores aren't opening. At least two airlines have canceled flights into the capital.

President Sebastián Piñera announced Saturday night he was canceling a subway fare hike imposed two weeks ago. It had led to major protests that included rioting that caused millions of dollars in damage to vandalized subway stops, office buildings and stores.

A state of emergency and curfew remains in effect for six Chilean cities.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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