Violent protests in Chile have erupted after the government announced a 3% public transport fare hike. Where does Chile stand on the Global Peace Index?
Thursday, 24 October 2019: One of the most stable and peaceful countries in South America has erupted into deadly violence this week.
Reports say between 15 and 18 people have died during anti-government protests across Chile over the last week, most of which were killed in fires set by rioters, with some killed by security forces.
Protests sparked after the government announced a three per cent public transport fare hike — a harbinger of mounting concerns surrounding the Chile’s cost of living.
A mass student campaign of fare evasion then eventually spiralled into violence. An official state of emergency is in place after the unrest led to looting and setting fire to corporate buildings, as well as businesses.
Police have used armoured vehicles, water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets in response to deter the unrest, while the government has promised economic reforms, but the protests continue.
2019 Global Peace Index ranking:
27 out of 163 countries, showing high levels of peace
2018 Global Terrorism Ranking:
58 out of 163 countries, showing low levels of terrorism
2018 Positive Peace Index Ranking:
29 out of 163 countries, showing very high levels of Positive Peace