This is an excerpt sent by the Canadian Embassy in Chile warning travellers….
“Since June, there have been mass demonstrations in Santiago and regional capitals. While the majority of these protests have been peaceful, in some cases masked protesters have destroyed property and clashed with authorities. Several demonstrations have drawn over 100,000 supporters. To date, protests have had minimal impact on travel and business. The protests have been well publicized and announced several days in advance. The Unitary Central for Workers (CUT) has called a national strike for Aug. 24 and 25, and a number of other unions, including those representing public sector employees, have announced that they will join the strike. Some unions are stating that this will be the biggest national strike in decades, and others are threatening to block roads to the airport. While previous strikes in Santiago have been concentrated in the downtown area, the strikes on Aug. 24th are being designed to avoid the downtown and spread out throughout the city. On Aug. 25th, protestors are supposed to march towards the downtown area from various points throughout the city. Canadian citizens are urged to exercise caution, follow local media and avoid demonstrations.”