Chile has been forced to withdraw from hosting two international summits as the government is rocked by mass uprisings and mounting allegations of human rights violations.
With at least 18 people dead and 7000 arrested and allegations of police torture, Chile’s president Sebastian Piñera, who is facing legal action by civil society groups who accuse him of crimes against humanity, announced that he had taken the “painful” decision to cancel two high profile summits due to take place in the capital Santiago.
The first of the two summits, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting was set to take place November 16 and 17 and would have brought 20 world leaders to Santiago, including the presidents of the United States and China who had been expected to take steps toward ending a trade war at the meeting.
The UN’s Climate Change Conference or COP25 was also due to take place in the city from December 2 to 13. The conference will now take place in Madrid, Spain.