DFA tells Pinoys in Chile to remain indoors amid violent protests


Posted at Oct 23 2019 05:03 PM

A demonstrator runs amid tear gas during a protest against Chile's state economic model in Santiago, Chile, October 22, 2019. Ivan Alvarado, Reuters

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday advised Filipinos in Chile to stay indoors amid anti-government protests there.

"Filipinos are advised to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel to affected areas, specifically in central Santiago and areas around sub metro and bus stations," the DFA said in a statement.

The DFA said there are around 800 overseas Filipino workers in the South American country, which has been plagued with violent demonstrations over economic equality since early this month.

At least 15 people have died in the protests that started over a hike in public transport costs, prompting a weekend of riots, arson attacks, looting of businesses, and the declaration of a state of emergency by Chile's President Sebastian Pinera over a large swath of Chile.

About 5,400 people have also been detained by security forces, officials confirmed.

"The State of Emergency is said to last for 15 days. No Filipino has been reported affected from the ongoing protests, according to Ambassador to Chile Ma. Teresita C. Daza," the foreign office said. 

The Philippine embassy in the conflict-torn country "will continue to monitor developments of the state of emergency in capital Santiago and provide advisory on the peace and security situation in the country when necessary," according to the DFA.

Filipinos may contact the embassy hotline number at +56-94-272-0320.