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Worldwide Alerts

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The following alerts are based on ISA's direct observation, U.S. Department of State recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council, WHO reports, and expert consultation.


Monday, September 29, 2014

On the evening of Sunday, September 28th, police in Hong Kong began a crackdown against pro-democracy protesters in the Central and Admiralty districts. Police have been using tear gas to disperse protesters and injuries have been reported. All ISA students are safe and accounted for. ISA has advised students to stay away from the affected districts and to avoid any areas where protests are taking place, especially at night. Protests are expected to escalate on October 1st due to China's National Day. ISA is continuously monitoring the situation and will advise students in Hong Kong accordingly with any new developments.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Chilean officials reported another explosion in Santiago, late Thursday night, September 25th. The homemade explosive device killed one man, but caused no other injuries. Police are investigating whether or not the man was a bystander or transporting the device when it went off. The government is investigating this as an isolated terrorist act. All ISA students are safe. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and keep students informed of any updates.

Thursday,September 18, 2014

Three suspects were detained today in response to the September 8th subway bombing in Santiago, one of which is believe to be the main suspect. Chilean authorities have taken extra precautions and security measure to ensure citizen safety. ISA will continue to monitor security reports and keep students informed of any changes to the situation.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

During the evening of Tuesday, September 9th at 10:00 pm, there was a minor explosion in a local Viña del Mar supermarket. One person was reported injured as a result the explosion. The supermarket in which the incident took place is located off of Gómez Carreño and is at a safe distance from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and ISA student housing. The party responsible for the explosion has yet to be determined. TheISA Chile staff will continue to monitor events in the area and advise students accordingly.

Monday, September 8, 2014

During the afternoon of Monday, September 8th at 2:00 pm,local time, a bomb detonated in a subway station in Santiago,Chile. The explosion is believed to have injured at least seven people. At this point in time, the person or persons responsible for the explosion have yet to be determined; however, Chilean officials have not ruled out an act of terrorism. This has not been linked to the anticipated September 11th marches to mark the anniversary of General Augusto Pinochet's military coup. The ISA Chile staff will continue to monitor the situation and advise students as necessary.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Overseas Security Advisory Council issued an alert this morning that there has been an increase in anarchist activity involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Santiago.No one has been hurt and no deaths have occurred as a result of these tactics. The IEDs are believed to serve the purpose of displaying solidarity with certain imprisoned Chilean expatriates and have previously been used to protest capitalism and globalization. These events are very isolated.

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For further information, please refer to ISA's Health and Safety section, particularly the information regarding the monitoring of world-wide security levels.