In Summary
  • The legislative package bans protesters from wearing hoods and burning barricades, and provides greater protection for police.
  • Police said nearly 10,000 people had been arrested during the unrest which began on October 18.
  • Chile's President Sebastian Pinera has rejected calls to resign.

Santiago

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday announced a series of measures to tighten public order in the wake of three weeks of anti-government protests that have left 20 people dead.

The legislative package, aimed at curbing violent demonstrations and looting, includes measures that would ban protesters from wearing hoods and burning barricades, and provides greater protection for police.

"We are convinced that this agenda represents and constitutes a significant and important contribution to improve our capacity to safeguard public order," said Pinera, who has rejected calls to resign.

ONGOING PROTESTS

He also said a special prosecution team would be established to try offenders while, in the longer term, intelligence gathering would be revamped.

Pinera's announcement came after demonstrations on Wednesday spread into Santiago's wealthiest neighbourhoods for the first time.

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