Government declares state of emergency in south Chile after violence

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In the face of a wave of violence, the Chilean government has declared a state of emergency in the south of the country. This means that the armed forces may support the police in the provinces of Biobio, Arauco, Malleco and Cautin for the next two weeks, as President Sebastian Pinera said on Tuesday. Soldiers are now to provide logistical support in the region and accompany the police on patrols. “This constitutional state of emergency serves to better combat terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime and is in no way directed against any people or group of peaceful citizens,” the head o…

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