In this video I look forward to let you know the main reason of the situation that is going on in Chile since it started until how it has been lived and what we are living here today. If you’re chilean, good that you’re watching this video. And if you’re not, I’m glad too. The idea isn’t that the video will be watched only by people from my country, the idea is that the information will break borders and people from all over the world can get information of what is happening in my country. It all started during the last week. Santiago de Chile, the capital city, was involved in a series of minor incidents, at first, when young students started to evade, as a way of protesting, the payment of the public transportation in the Santiago’s subway. The start of this problem happened on October 6, when the government implemented a new public policy and raised the prices of the public transportation for the subway and the buses. As a result, the price raised in 30 CLP for the subway and 10 CLP for the buses. For many people, paying the public transportation daily consumes one sixth of their mensual remuneration. Chile’s minimum wage is 301.000 chilean pesos (423 dollars aprox.) and people are wasting from 45.000 to 52.000 CLP just in daily locomotion. This is the total amount of money they use to go from place to place and mainly to go to work . After this situation, the evasion of the subway went viral on social media, resulting on more and more people lining up in the movement, Santiago lost control and many subway stations were outraged. And when I say “outraged” I mean destroyed. The excesses started on Friday on a really abrupt way. The news were starting to show burned subway stations and swivels completely destroyed, and violence got an excessive profile. We have many problems in Chile. We have problems with health, we have problems with education, we have problems with transportation, we have problems with the pensionary, who receive a really poor amount of money after working their whole lives. And so the list goes on. This made a social discontent, which is what we are living today. On Friday, after all what happened, all that I already told you, the President of the Republic, Sebastián Piñera Echenique, who is President of the Chilean Republic since 2018, and was democratically elected on 2017, made the decision to decree a state of emergency in the Metropolitan Region. This meant that the military were coming to the street. This situation didn’t happen since 2010, since the 2010 earthquake that strongly affected to many regions of our country. Nevertheless, the situation in Santiago started to replicate in different regions of the country, and on Saturday, the President decree state of emergency in Valparaíso Region, and today, Monday, there are many more regions that are in the same state of emergency and with military in their streets. In this moment, 10:50 pm, I can’t go out from my home, because there is a curfew since 6 pm, and ends at 6 am. My freedom is restricted, but I understand this is a safety measure for public and private property which has been affected the last days. Drugstores, supermarkets, multistores have been affected by small groups that have seen this situation as an opportunity to steal things in unnecessary ways, by this I mean that people steal televisions, home appliances, they only take advantage. The supermarkets are working normally, only with a more restrictive schedule. Yesterday in the morning, I went to the supermarket at 9 am and there wasn’t that much people. Today I went again but at 9 am there was a line for getting in. People were going desperate. Still, there is no food shortage, they’re full and have everything. The gas stations are working normally as well. The only problem is that they’re full of people. Many people go to the supermarket and full their carriage because they fear that tomorrow may not be enough food. The same happens with the gas stations. Today in the afternoon, and the same as many places in Chile, there were manifestations, pacific manifestations. And I went out with my camera and recorded what was happening out there. Okay. 4:20pm. and I am in 8 norte street with Libertad, the main avenue of Viña Del Mar. In some places, the city looks still. People are doing their things kind of normally. There are no incidents, stores look fine, so the gas stations. Lots of stores working normally. Nevertheless, I have just received the information that the curfew -for the third day- is at 6pm and not at 8pm like in the last two days. And I don’t know what is happening at the end of the road, I’ll go on the street because I hear people screaming. Well, I don’t know if the camera can see it, I’m in the middle of the street and what you can see there, they’re protesters. They’re probably protesting in a pacific way, but the day before yesterday the same thing happened and we had to run home. The police or military threw me a
lachrymatory bomb. The truth is you never know how dangerous this situations can get. That is the insecurity we live in the street in Chile, today. The big question now is until which moment this protest is going to be pacific. Protesting is a right in our Constitution and it is fine. The problem is when the incidents we have seen the last days occur. It’s 4:26pm. on this Monday in Viña de Mar, Chile. The protest is pacific, totally pacific. What catches my attention is that yesterday I walked by this same place, 8 norte with Libertad, and the military were on the street, but today they aren’t here and there is fear that they’ll come in any moment in a in a repressive way, and the freedom of expression of this pacific protestants that are marching through Libertad will be attempted. It’s 4:45pm. and the pacific protest has arrived to 14 norte with Libertad. and at this time, the energy is the same, the same pacific energy, everything organized, some hooded, but without incidents. And now let’s just hope it stays this way, since the curfew is in an hour an 15 minutes, and no one wants this to end badly. In this momento, military forces are arriving to the place. Two minutes have passed since the last thing I recorded. Well, this is how the people who protest in a pacific way rejects how some people act the people who are here, hooded, with the only intention of making damage. One of them just threw a stone to a showcase that is private property, that is not hurting anyone. People threw him away. That’s how it is. As you can see in the videos, the protest had a totally pacific profile. Many people were there with an objective which was exercise their freedom of speech right. I didn’t see violence until the military apparead, but they just were there, and this upset many of the people. I see many hooded kids and when I say kids, I mean people who are less than 18, and maybe older than 12 who dirty this pacific manifestations. But people, at least in Viña were cutting, they threw away people who provoke incidents Is it public knowledge that this type of manifestations only look for something in particular and this is the right of freedom of speech. The right of being able to protest and and reunite publicly. This afternoon was achieved. But at 6pm this was over, since the curfew started. Now I’m talking to you as Iván. I don’t know when this is going to end. Nicole, my girlfriend, is really scared, and neither does know what is going to happen. And she’s from Bolivia. But she lives here and studies here and it is a great fear. We don’t know what is going to happen in the next days. We don’t know when we’re going back to classes, we don’t know when the democracy will return to the country, we don’t know when the military will go away. But I do know that if the incidents are still being provoked, like we saw at the news during the last days, they will still be here and I know that if the political side, I know if the parliamentarians and the government doesn’t take necessary measures in public politics, that gives some kind of tranquility, safety and peace to the citizens that today they’re protesting in the streets, the manifestations are not going to stop, and no one knows until when. So, that’s it. But be still if you see us from the outside, because even if there is dead people even if there are arrested and injured people the State is still running, the powers of the State are still running. The parlament is still working as well, the Congress is still working. The ejecutiva power is still running, and the judicial power is still working, which is something we should value. I hope this video has made things a bit clear for you, Chile’s situation, and if there’s some kind of evolution whatever it is don’t have a doubt that I’ll be giving that information to you. It is hard to speak about this things because it involves politics, and it is always hard speaking about politics because you never want to interfere the situation with the personal opinion, but it is always hard to be objective, and today I’m trying. I expect your comments, I expect to read which is your posture of this situation that we’re living today. And I hope that Chile learns from this situation and we become stronger. One last thing. I stopped recording but I think it is important to add this: Don’t believe everything you see in social media. There are many fake news going on out there, and news that you can really google and see that it is not legit. Limit yourself to share in your stories, in your social networks, what is really checked, because republishing fake information or unchecked information by any source, any valuable source, the only thing that causes is disinformation, many times rage, impotence and hate. And we don’t want any more of that. Be responsable if you share something, because many people can see what you’re publishing and that same people can republish and that becomes a snowball of disinformation. So be alert about that and don’t let people fool you easily. Now I’m done. Bye.