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Report: Chile extends state of emergency as fare hike triggers deadly protests

The Chilean government extended a state of emergency to other major cities amid deadly protests triggered by a transport fare hike, Reuters reported.

President Sebastián Piñera announced late Oct. 20 that the state of emergency he declared in the capital of Santiago would be extended to the cities of Antofagasta, Valparaiso, Valdivia, Chillan, Talca, Temuco and Punta Arenas.

Earlier on Sunday, Interior Minister Andrés Chadwick told reporters that seven people had been killed following days of violence in protest against the government's move to increase public transport costs. Piñera said a day earlier that the fare hikes would be suspended, Bloomberg News reported.

The Chilean peso was trading 0.75% lower against the dollar as of 2:50 a.m. ET on Oct. 21.