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.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Protests took place in Valparaiso, Chile on May 21st 2015 while President Michelle Bachelet addressed the country from the National Congress building located in the city center. May 21st is a national holiday commemorating a battle that took place during the War of the Pacific and every year the president travels from Santiago to Valparaiso to give a speech regarding the current state of the nation. This day often sparks marches and protests against the Chilean government with large numbers of people gathering in the streets of Valparaíso. Given today's current political climate, the protests also focused on the lack of education reform and two local students who were killed last week. Although initially peaceful, violence broke out and police used tear gas and water cannons to stop protesters from breaking the barrier between the crowd and the congress building. All ISA students are accounted for and safe, and classes were not affected by the protests since yesterday was a holiday. Students have been reminded that participation in any protests are against the ISA Code of Conduct. The ISA Chile resident staff will continue to monitor the situation and advise students as necessary.
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