Officials were reported to be considering extending the state of emergency to more cities in the north and south of the country. The actions are the first time since Chile’s return to democracy in 1990 that the government has declared a state of emergency because of public disorder in the capital, Santiago.
Mr. Piñera met with leaders of the legislature and judiciary system on Sunday and pledged “to reduce excessive inequalities, inequities abuses, that persist in our society.”
The disturbances led at least two airlines to cancel or reschedule flights into Santiago, and long lines were forming at gas stations before the start of the workweek. The interior minister, Andrés Chadwick, said that 62 police officers and 11 civilians were injured in the latest violence and that nearly 1, 500 people had been arrested.
The sight of military tanks and troops roaming the streets was jarring for many Chileans, given the country former17 – year military dictatorship, during which the armed forces committed rampant abuses.