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In the capital, because of the riots, the subway closed early and will reopen at 7 am on Tuesday – an hour later than usual. Some protesters again set fire to stations and barricaded the city streets.

Also in Santiago, a major fire hit a shopping center on the city's main avenue, 850 meters from Palacio La Moneda, the government headquarters. It is not known, however, if the fire is related to the protests that take place in the Chilean capital.

Protester throws bike at barricade bonfire in Santiago, Chile, on Monday (28) - Photo: Edgard Garrido / ReutersProtester throws bike at barricade bonfire in Santiago, Chile, on Monday (28) - Photo: Edgard Garrido / Reuters

Protester throws bike at barricade bonfire in Santiago, Chile, on Monday (28) – Photo: Edgard Garrido / Reuters

Protester carries Chilean flag in front of barricade in central Santiago, Chile, on Monday (28) - Photo: Edgard Garrido / ReutersProtester carries Chilean flag in front of barricade in central Santiago, Chile, on Monday (28) - Photo: Edgard Garrido / Reuters

Protester carries Chilean flag in front of barricade in central Santiago, Chile, on Monday (28) – Photo: Edgard Garrido / Reuters

According to the Chilean newspapers, there was also turmoil in Antofagasta, Concepción, Temuco and Valparaiso, with clashes between protesters and security forces.

According to the newspaper "La Tercera", a hospital in Valparaiso – the port city that houses the Chilean Legislature – received about 25 people injured in the protest, most with serious eye injuries.

The main reason for Monday's protests – which gathered fewer people than other acts over the weekend – is the killing of protesters. Chilean press agencies estimate that at least 20 have died since the crisis recurred 10 days ago. The United Nations (UN) will send a team to investigate allegations of human rights violations.

Despite the riots, the Chilean government has rejected calling for a new state of emergency. Piñera decreed the measure in the early hours of October 19, at the beginning of the crisis, but it ceased to apply on Monday at the president's decision after a protest days before gathering more than 1 million people in Santiago.

Prosecutor denies suspicions about foreigners

Protesters set off underground passage in Santiago on Monday (28), new day of protests in Chile - Photo: Edgard Garrido / ReutersProtesters set off underground passage in Santiago on Monday (28), new day of protests in Chile - Photo: Edgard Garrido / Reuters

Protesters set off underground passage in Santiago on Monday (28), new day of protests in Chile – Photo: Edgard Garrido / Reuters

Omar Mérida, the prosecutor responsible for investigating the attacks on the Santiago subway, denied foreigners were among those suspected of vandalism at the stations. "There is no background that will allow us to identify anyone at this minute. Much less to determine, for sure, nationality," he said.

The statement came after a report in the newspaper "La Terceira" attributed to police sources that Venezuelans and Cubans would be behind the violent demonstrations – which had repercussions in the local press.

"The investigation I conduct has no record of specific identities or specific nationalities," the prosecutor said.

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