Soldiers Patrol Streets of Chile Amid State of Emergency

Armed soldiers are patrolling the streets of Santiago Saturday after President Sebastian Piñera decreed a state of emergency to contain citizen protests against increased subway fares.

General Javier Iturriaga del Campo was informed that his troops would be concentrated on surveillance operations in the city’s most conflictive areas.

As a result, people can move to their homes during daylight hours because the curfew has not been declared so far.

“The recommendation for people is that they can go to their homes with their families,” he said and added that “we are taking over.”

Over the last 11 days, the Santiago subway has been the scene of manifestations of discontent, for students called to evade the payment of tickets.