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Chile: Protests and Curfew

Chilean authorities have announced that a curfew will be imposed from 7:00pm Sunday to 6:00am in Santiago in response to the protests affecting the city. The curfew will also apply to the cities of Concepcion and Valparaiso (8:00pm to 6:00am) and may be applied to other cities in Chile. The nightly curfew would be reviewed on a daily basis. Authorities have requested that people stay in their homes during these hours, except in situations of emergency (in which a request for safe passage must be lodged in a police station), or face the risk of arrest. Transport links may also be impacted, including flights at Santiago International Airport. Contact your airline for further information.

 

New Zealanders in Chile are advised to follow the instructions of authorities in response to the curfew and avoid all protests and demonstrations, as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent with little warning. Police may use tear gas and/or water cannons to disperse demonstrations.

 

New Zealanders in Chile should remain vigilant of the situation, monitor local media for information on upcoming or expected demonstrations, and leave the immediate vicinity and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities, if in an area affected by demonstrations or violence. Avoid the downtown areas of Santiago (Centro and the Alameda Street) and maintain a low profile.

New Zealanders in Chile requiring urgent consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Embassy in Santiago, Chile on +56 2 2616 3000 (during working hours) or +64 99 20 20 20 (after working hours), or email embajada@nzembassy.cl. 

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