You may have seen occasional reports about the riots in Chile following a rise in metro fares. Although this may have been a trigger point, tensions have been brewing for a long time due to the great inequality in the country as this BBC report explains.
Paula, our representative in Chile says:
The events of this weekend had been something surprising and terrible. We are not used to this. It all started when the subway ticket rise, anti-socials burned more than 10 subway stations in Santiago and then they robbed supermarkets across the country. Today there will be “Toque de queda” (curfew) which means that we have to stay at home from 8 pm until 6 am to give space to the police and military so they can keep order on the streets. No school will open tomorrow.
People voluntarily arrived on the outskirts of the Santiago subway to help remove the rubble.
Please pray for the situation there, for the people of Chile and for the Christians trying to bring peace.