Chile's President Sebastián Piñera stands still in a hurry after two days of violent protests.
Soldiers in armored personnel carriers confronted protesters in Santiago, which is under a state of emergency.
The protests have broadened to reflect the general public of the highest cost of living in Latin America's most stable countries.
The unrest, the worst in decades Santiago in state of emergency
In parts of Santiago, in the streets for the first time since 1990, when Chile returned to democracy after the dictatorship of August Pinochet.
A day after violent sce nes, protesters erected barricades and set busses on fire, and used tear gas and water cannon. Clashes erupted in the city center with Mayor Felipe Alessandri describing the situation as chaotic.
More than 300 years of cultural and sporting events have been closed down
15-day state-of-the-art civil service police officers and police officers said they had been arrested and […]
Protests were reportedly reported in the cities of Concepcion, Rancagua, Punta Arenas, Valparaíso, Iquique, Antofagasta, Quillota and Talca, according to El Mercurio newspaper.
Meanwhile, a picture of President Piñera at an upmarket Italian restaurant on Friday evening as police and demonstrators clashed in Santiago was heavily criticized on social media.
Critics said the image was reported during a birthday celebration for the president's grandson, emblematic of a leader out of touch with ordinary chileans.