Amid Chile’s social crisis, President Donald Trump said he supports Chilean President Sebastián Piñera’s government in its efforts to “restore national order” in the South American country.

President Trump called Piñera on Wednesday to express his support for the decision to suspend two important international meetings and also denounced alleged foreign interference in Chile, the White House said in a statement Thursday, Oct. 31, according to Reuters.

“The United States stands with Chile, an important ally, as it works to peacefully restore national order,” the White House said. “President Trump denounced foreign efforts to undermine Chilean institutions, democracy, or society.”

Due to the protests that are rocking the country, Chile canceled the meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders scheduled for next month and the United Nations climate conference.

The South American country has been in the middle of growing climate of tension for nearly two weeks.

On Wednesday, Piñera assured that his government is prioritizing “the social agenda over the political agenda” and that they will carry out the necessary structural reforms.

Violent protests

Amid the demonstrations demanding a “change of system,” there is a wave of vandalism that includes the burning of shopping malls, cars, shops, subway stations, destruction of churches.

The attacks on the Metro in the Chilean capital left 118 stations seriously damaged. 

An anti-government demonstrator stands in front of a burning barricade in Valparaiso, Chile, on Oct. 24, 2019. (AP Photo / Matias Delacroix)
An anti-government demonstrator stands in front of a burning barricade in Valparaiso, Chile, on Oct. 24, 2019. (Matias Delacroix/AP Photo)

So far, the deaths during the protests have been mostly due to arson in the looting of factories and supermarkets.

The simultaneity of the fires in selected targets as well as their destructive effectiveness indicate that they were programmed by an organized left, and part of the disgruntled or angry population that also joined the riots.

Julio Borges, Juan Guaidó’s foreign relations commissioner, warned last week that the leftist regimes of Venezuela and Cuba were planning joint actions to destabilize the hemisphere.

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