• Precedents

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    140 people concentrate 20% of the country’s wealth. See more.

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    50,6% of Chilean workers earn 534 dollars a month or less. See more

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    68% of Chilean citizens feel injustice regarding the provision of health, 67% when it comes to education, and 66% regarding some people being treated with much more dignity and respect than others. See more

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    Countries like Croatia and Romania, which have the same GDP than Chile, have a minimum wage 47% and 59% higher, respectively. See more

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    The last cases of tax evasion, fraud, colussion and other sources of inequality, sum up 4,982 million dollars: This equals 1.7% of Chile’s GDP, 126.621 social housing, 28 hospitals or 33.117.619 basic solidarity monthly pensions. See more

  • October 28th

  • Siguen las manifestaciones a lo largo del país. En Santiago, manifestantes se expresan en los alrededores de La Moneda y son reprimidos por la policía.

  • Sebastián Piñera cambia a 8 ministros de su gabinete, reemplazando al cuestionado ministro del Interior, Andrés Chadwick, pero manteniendo a Gloria Hutt, ministra de Transportes, una de las autoridades cuestionadas. See more

  • Llega a Chile misión de la ONU que investigará por cuatro semanas los abusos a los Derechos Humanos cometidos durante las movilizaciones ciudadanas.

  • Desde las 00.00 horas, se levanta el estado de emergencia en todas las regiones en las que se habìa decretado.

  • October 27th

  • Más de 100 mil personas marchan desde Viña del Mar hasta el Congreso, en Valparaíso, en una de las manifestaciones màs multitudinarias en la historia de la Región de Valparaíso.

  • Hasta el momento, hay al menos 20 muertos, más de 1.100 personas heridas en hospitales, y más de 3200 personas detenidas (347 de ellas son niños, niñas o adolescentes).

  • October 26th

  • President Sebastián Piñera lifts Metropolitan Region’s state of emergency and asks cabinet ministers to resign, with the aim to “structure the new cabinet, face these new demands and confront the new circumstances”.

  • Government announces that it’s assessing to lift all emergency states in Chile since 00.00 hrs. Sunday 27.

  • October 25th

  • Environmental activist Greta Thunberg sends a solidarity message to Chilean people. See more

  • More than 1,2 million people protest in Santiago in one of the largest mobilisations remembered in the country’s history. It’s estimated that 1 from 5 inhabitants from the Great Santiago area went to the mobilization.

  • Seventh night with curfew.

  • October 24th

  • In different neighbourhoods in Chile citizens convene through their own will to analyze the social crisis and elaborate proposals for change. Social organizations and non organized citizens start to meet and debate at public spaces.

  • The Human Rights National Institute reports 2,686 detainees and 245 wounded by firearms in the country. See more

  • Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner of Human Rights for the United Nations, announced that the international body will send a verification mission to examine the human rights situation in Chile.

  • Only the Aysén region remains in a state of non-emergency.

  • According to authorities, there have been 18 confirmed deaths.

  • Sixth night of curfew.

  • October 23th

  • The Human Rights National Institute reports 2,410 detainees and 210 wounded by firearms in the country. See more

  • The Human Rights National Institute reports that four detainees were tortured by the 43rd Comisaría de Peñalolén police force in Santiago. Judges invoked the International Convention Against Torture to order measures of protection for the victims. See more

  • The fifth night of curfew is announced, this time in the Valparaíso and Metropolitan regions, Concepción Province, and the cities of La Serena, Coquimbo, Arica, Antofagasta, Calama, Tocopilla, Mejillones, Iquique, Alto Hospicio, Rancagua, Talca, Valdivia, Puerto Montt and Osorno.

  • After attending a section at Chamber of Deputies, Minister of the Interior Andrés Chadwick denies political responsibility over the human rights violations that have occurred during the past days.

  • October 22th

  • The Human Rights National Institute confirms 5 deaths and 137 wounded by State agents

  • President Sebastián Piñera announced the approval of a social agenda that envisions measures such as an increase in supportive pensions up to 20% (roughly $22,000), increase of minimum wage to $350,000, higher taxes for those who have monthly rents over 8 million pesos, suspension of the light bills increase, among others. See more

  • The fourth night of curfew.

  • October 21th

  • Almost 1.000 detainees are reported and graves human rights violations, sexual abuse, and torture.

  • At least 15 people have been confirmed dead since protests started.

  • In Curicó, not included in the State of Emergency, a soldier killed José Miguel Uribe Antipani, 25 years old. Said soldier is now under detainment. See more

  • Manuel Alejandro Rebolledo Navarrete, 22 years old, dies after being ran over by a military truck close to Talcahuano. See more

  • After quickly passing a law in Congress, the raise of fares in the public transport system is eliminated. This does not seem to have any effect on social discontentment.

  • Pacific protesters are suppressed with violence all around Chile. Videos show soldiers shooting protesters in Las Condes and threatening them with tankettes.

  • Third curfew.

  • General Iturriaga -in command of the State of Emergency- declares: “I’m a happy men, I’m not at war with anynone”.

  • Military forces are still on the streets.

  • October 20th

  • Chilean President Sebastián Piñera addresses the country again by television. He keeps a discourse focused on crime. He avoids talking about specific measures, and summons all political parties’ presidents for a meeting.

  • All around the world there are pacific demonstrations of solidarity with Chile.

  • Citizens reply on social media and at protests with the phrase: “We are not at war”, and demand that the government proves the existence of a supposed criminal organization.

  • “We are at war against a powerful enemy”: President Sebastián Piñera declares Chile at war against an internal enemy he doesn’t define: “We are very conscious that they (protesters) have a degree of organization and logistic that is characteristic of a criminal organization”. State of Emergency is expanded to 11 regions.

  • A second curfew is ordained, this time between 7pm and 6am.

  • Protests continue in the country.

  • Military forces are still on the streets.

  • October 19th

  • Two women die in a fire in a supermarket in the San Bernardo area.

  • Protests expand to other cities in the country, riots increase. There are damages to businesses, public buildings, monuments and churches.

  • Curfew is declared between 10pm and 7am.

  • Despite government’s announcement, incidents continue and subway station are burnt.

  • President Piñera announces that the raise in the subway fare will be reverted.

  • Terrestrial public transportation service (buses) is suspended.

  • October 18th

  • Citizens from outside the Metropolitan area, in the other regions of the country, state that they will continue with protests.

  • Cacerolazos (saucepan banging) and citizen protests don’t stop, now patrolled and repressed by military forces.

  • Protests are repressed and turn violent, numerous barricades appeared in the city.

  • State of Emergency is declared, allowing the presence of military forces on the streets to control public order for the first time since the military dictatorship.

  • All subway stations are indefinitely closed.

  • Massive payment evasion increases in multiple subway stations. Strong police repression.

  • Minister Hutt discards lowering fares: “A decision has already been made and established”.

  • October 17th

  • Renovación Nacional (Chilean political party) representatives Sebastián Torrealba and Karin Luck, reply to the situation presenting a bill that sanctions with criminal penalties those who evade public transportation payment.

  • Juan Enrique Coeymans, president of the Experts Panel which sets subway tickets’ fares, affirms: “When tomatoes prices rise, bread, everything, there is no protest”.

  • October 16th

  • Clemente Pérez, former president of Metro’s Directory Board, is interviewed about massive evasions and says: “Guys, this didn’t catch on. It didn’t. You’re not cool, people are not backing you. Not even on Twitter, where you usually see these kinds of movements having more traction, you see that much traction. Really, people’s heads are somewhere else.”

  • Metro, the state company operating the subway system in Santiago, decides to not stop in the stations where demonstrations or massive evasions are taking place.

  • Protesters shoot down, for the first time and in Plaza de Armas (main downtown square), the metallic fence that impeded access to the subway station.

  • The President, Sebastián Piñera, affirms that “we all have the right to express and protest, but nobody has the right to do it outside of the law (...) When that is not respected, an attempt is being made again everyone else’s freedom”.

  • October 15th

  • Facing the call to mass payment evasion, the Minister of Transportation, Gloria Hutt, says that “students have no argument”, because the raise doesn’t affect student fares.

  • October 14th

  • Around 1pm the first massive payment evasions happen along subway’s Line 1. The state company replies with a preventive closing of Pedro de Valdivia station, and then extends it to Line 5 stations. See more

  • October 08th

  • Minister of Economy, Juan Andrés Fontaine, says when asked about the raise: “The early riser will be helped with a lower rate”. See more

  • October 07th

  • National Institute students organize the first day of massive public transportation payment evasion, replicating the same action every day at different subway stations.

  • October 04th

  • The Experts Panel - which regulates public transportation fares in Santiago - announces a package of changes. The measures lowered the cost of tickets during non peak hours, but raised the cost of tickets during peak hour, leaving the cost of one trip at 830 Chilean pesos ($1.17 USD).