Chile cancels climate and Apec summits amid unrest

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera addresses the nation in SantiagoImage copyright

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Sebastián Piñera said his government needed to concentrate on “re-establishing public order”

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera has pulled out of hosting a major United Nations climate change conference as anti-government protests continue.

He said that the decision had “caused him a lot of pain” but that his government needed “to prioritise re-establishing public order”.

The conference, known as COP25, was scheduled for December.

Chile also pulled out of hosting next month’s Apec summit, which was expected to draw the US and Chinese presidents.

At least 20 people have been killed since the mass protests began. They have shown little sign of abating despite Mr Piñera announcing measures to ease Chileans’ discontent with high levels of inequality and other grievances.