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Chile's Pinera announces measures to tighten security amid riots, violence

Chile's Pinera announces measures to tighten security amid riots, violence
FILE PHOTO: Chile's President Sebastian Pinera addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo -
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SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera announced on Thursday several measures to tighten security amid continuing riots, looting and violence that have left at least 20 dead over more than two weeks of protests in the South American nation.

The president announced bills to toughen penalties on hooded vandals, to crack down against looting, and a measure to beef up aerial enforcement.

(Reporting by Dave Sherwood; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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