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.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
A week after the September 11th demonstrations throughout Chile, protests and riots have subsided. Authorities are still pursuing those who planted homemade noise bombs in Viña del Mar shopping centers;however, nofurther acts of violence or crime relating to the protests have been reported. All ISA students are safe and attending classes as normal. ISA staff will keep students informed of any changes in the situation.
Friday, September 12th, 2014
Protests continued last night in Chile, where clashes with police occurred primarily in Santiago, but also in Valparaíso. Protesters used tactics such as barricades, stoning vehicles, setting fire to vehicles and bomb threats. There were reports in Valparaíso of three police officers being injured and protesters being arrested. These disruptions took place in an area where ISA students normally do not go and ISA students were not involved in the protests. ISA continues to inform students on-site and ISA has recommended that students do not go out after dark this weekend out of an abundance of caution. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and advise students as necessary throughout the weekend.
Thursday, September 11th, 2014
As anticipated, several incidents were reported last night in Chile, leading up to today's anniversary marches. These incidents were mostly isolated to four neighborhoods in Santiago - Peñalolén, San Bernardo, Quilicura and Cerro Navia. An isolated incident occurred in Viña del Mar where another small, homemade bomb exploded in a shopping center trash can, but caused no damage. It is unknown if this was related to the protests. The Chilean government has taken extensive security measures in preparation for September 11th and in response to the wave of small explosions, including increased police presence, contingency plans to prevent power outages, and in some cases the suspension of university classes. ISAclasses in Valparaiso and Viña del Mar have not been suspended although some classes are being released early to allow for students to arrive home in daylight hours. All students are safe and accounted for and have been alerted to be vigilant, avoid all high-risk areas and avoid travel to Santiago during the marches. We will continue to monitor the situation, and make recommendations to our students as needed.
Monday, September 8th, 2014
Historically, demonstrations and marches are held on September 11th throughout Chile to mark the anniversary of General Augusto Pinochet's military coup. Although the demonstrations are expected to occur mainly in Santiago, minor demonstrations could be held in Valparaíso. ISA has informed students of the potential for demonstrations, and reminded students that the ISA Code of Conduct prohibits participation in strikes or demonstrations. We will continue to monitor the situation, and make recommendations to our students as needed.
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 authorieis 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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