Chile’s President Tries to Contain Post-Quake Panic
Posted on Mar 2, 2010
The Chilean city of Concepcion took a big hit from last weekend’s earthquake, and now Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet, is working to keep a lid on looting and possible violence in its wake with the help of 14,000 troops posted in the affected region, according to the BBC.
But security in the city remains a key concern after shops and homes were looted on Monday and police made large numbers of arrests.
The deteriorating security situation in Concepcion comes despite the influx of thousands of troops to reinforce local police.
“We can say that, according what we’ve been told from the area, the situation in Concepcion is under control today,” President Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday.
But, she added, authorities would take any “necessary measure” to stop renewed looting.
AP / Mario Quilodran-El Mercurio
Police confront people on the street in Concepcion, Chile, on Monday.