Chileans gathered Tuesday for a 12th day of demonstrations that began with youth protests over a subway fare hike and have become a national movement demanding greater socio-economic equality and better public services in a country long seen as an economic success story.
From protests against alleged election fraud in Bolivia and demonstrations against economic inequality in Chile and Ecuador, to political unrest in Venezuela and the cartel war in Mexico, trouble has been brewing across the region.
Unrest began last week when a rise in subway fares led to student protests, but then spread nationwide, fueled by frustration among many Chileans who feel they have note shared in the economic advances in one of Latin America’s wealthiest nations.
A powerful magnitude-8.3 earthquake hit off Chile’s northern coast Wednesday night, causing buildings to sway in the capital of Santiago and bringing flooding from small tsunami waves in some shore towns. Five deaths were reported by AFP. It also reported that about one million were evacuated. Officials were still checking the region late into the […]