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Posted by Ed 46 days ago

Five people died after looters torched a garment factory near Chile's capital Santiago, bringing the death toll in violent protests to at least seven.

 
The military and police used tear gas and water cannon against protesters and a curfew was imposed in major cities.
 
A state of emergency already in place in Santiago is to be extended to cities in the country's north and south.
 
The unrest, sparked by a now suspended metro fare hike, has widened to reflect anger over living costs and inequality.
 
There is set to be major disruption on Monday with many banks, schools and shops expected to remain closed.
 
There had been 70 "serious incidents of violence", including 40 lootings of supermarkets and other businesses. Two people also suffered gunshot wounds after a clash with police, officials say. 
 
 
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Ed 46 days ago
"No student throws a Molotov cocktail, just because they feel like it and think that it's fun," says Rodrigo Pérez.
 

The 17-year-old is president of the student association at the Instituto Nacional (National Institute) in Chile's capital, Santiago. He is talking about the motivation behind his fellow students' behaviour.

 
 
 The boys' state school is one of the country's most prestigious. It has a stringent selection process and boasts a number of former presidents as alumni.
 

But over the past few months, the school has hit the headlines less for its academic achievements and more for the action of some of its pupils, who have thrown petrol bombs from the school's roof and taken over classrooms.

Tear gas and water cannons were used to break up some of the most heated protests. 

"It's like a pressure cooker which has finally exploded and led them to this kind of violence," says Rodrigo of those who are protesting.

He may disagree with the methods the masked students are using, but he understands their motivation only too well: "My school reflects the state of education in Chile - a lack of resources and care for the students."

 
 There are complaints of rat infestations, blocked bathrooms with sewage leaking, cold showers, broken windows, leaking roofs and bullying teachers.
 

"We have been asking for the last six years for things to change. We are fed up with being labelled as terrorists and delinquents, when all we want is to be heard." he explains.

 
 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-49117547
 
 

Ed 46 days ago
Lebanon's mass revolt against corruption and poverty continues
 
 The largest protests in Lebanon in 14 years are set to shut down the country for a fifth day on Monday, as a revolt against a weak government, ailing services and a looming economic collapse continues to gain momentum.
 
 Lebanon’s economy, meanwhile, has neared a precipice with a national debt of 150% of GDP and rising (Chin's debt stands at 300%), central bank reserves plunging 30% in the past year and the local currency slipping against the dollar in recent months.
 
I can’t afford my daily life, I can’t afford to be in love, I can’t afford to marry, I can’t afford to take care of my own. This is why we’re protesting. I can’t give loyalty to those who can’t feed me any more.” 
 
 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/20/lebanons-mass-revolt-against-corruption-and-poverty-continues 
 
 


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