3 Compelling Stories from Home & Away
By Emily Maxwell
INTERNATIONAL – from bbc.com
Chile protests: Five dead after looters torch garment factory
Five people died after looters torched a garment factory near Chile’s capital Santiago, bringing the death toll in violent protests to at least seven.
The military and police used tear gas and water cannon against protesters and a curfew was imposed in major cities.
A state of emergency already in place in Santiago is to be extended to cities in the country’s north and south.
The unrest, sparked by a now suspended metro fare hike, has widened to reflect anger over living costs and inequality.
In a late-night statement on television on Sunday, President Sebastián Piñera said: “We’re at war against a powerful enemy, who is willing to use violence without any limits.”
There is set to be major disruption on Monday with many banks, schools and shops expected to remain closed.
Firefighters say they found five bodies inside the garment factory burned by rioters in a suburb of Santiago. Earlier reports suggested three others had died in a supermarket fire in Santiago on Saturday.
Interior Minister Andrés Chadwick said at least seven people had died in incidents related to the protests, without giving details.
ALASKA – from ktoo.org
Protest, policy critiques punctuate first day of Fairbanks AFN
As the year’s Alaska Federation of Natives Convention began Thursday in Fairbanks this year’s theme – “Good Government, Alaskan Driven,” loomed large. Many of the speakers, panels and protests were focused on what exactly is good government for Alaska.
The convention opened with a performance by the Tagiumiut Dancers from the North Slope. There were opening remarks, the pledge of allegiance, and a show of support for Alaska Native veterans. But hanging over the morning was an address by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Many saw this year’s AFN agenda as a rebuke of his administration’s policies, and the atmosphere was tense as Dunleavy took the stage.
“We all know the budget discussions were very difficult and at times contentious this last year. I will be the first to say as governor I must take responsibility for my part in this process, and I will work hard to make sure the budget process goes more smoothly this year.”
Not far into his speech, Dunleavy was met with protests: a drum, some chanting, and dozens of people who stood, turned their backs to the stage and raised their fists. The governor tried to keep going with his speech until AFN co-chair Will Mayo broke in.
“I can’t agree with this. We have different views. We have different views. We may approach things differently. But we have a man here who is in a seat of authority, and there are ways we can express our differences. When we gather together and we invite somebody into our house, we do it out of respect, and we do it with kindness in the Native way,” he said.
The most enthusiastic response from attendees had nothing to do with politics or social problems, but instead, dog mushing. This year’s keynote speaker was Bethel’s Pete Kaiser, who became the first musher of Yup’ik descent to win the Iditarod in March. Kaiser said he’d found success by modeling his kennel and dog training program by creating a miniature version of a healthy community.
“The last part of our community is our retired dogs, or our elders,” Kaiser said. “These dogs spend their days training puppies, relaxing on their doghouses, and passing down years of knowledge and wisdom learned over thousands of miles on the trail.”
In recognition of his accomplishments and values, co-chair Will Mayo presented Kaiser with an Athabascan chief’s necklace, the highest mark of a leader among interior cultures.
NATIONAL – from usnews.com
Major California Fault Line Moves for First Time in 500 Years
A major fault line in Southern California capable of producing a magnitude 8 earthquake began to move for the first time in 500 years.
A study published in the journal Science on Friday by geophysicists from the California Institute of Technology and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory found that the Garlock fault, which runs east to west for 185 miles from the San Andreas Fault to Death Valley, has shifted 0.8 inches since July. It marks the first documented movement of the fault in the modern historical record.
The fault’s movement was triggered after Southern California’s largest earthquake sequence in 20 years, which began on July 4. The earthquakes in Ridgecrest, California, started with a magnitude 6.4 foreshock, followed by a magnitude 7.1 quake almost 34 hours later. More than 100,000 aftershocks were recorded, according to a press release from the California Institute of Technology.
Satellite images show the ruptures that reached the surface, a process called fault creep, which began after the earthquakes. The sequence, the study states, is one of the most well-documented earthquake series in history.