|Bomb Blasts in Chile|
September 11, 2014
Please be aware that two homemade devices have exploded in Viña del Mar. Yesterday a device was placed in a bathroom in a Viña del Mar mall. There were no injuries reported. This follows an explosion at a supermarket Tuesday that wounded one person. All IFSA-Butler students in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar are accounted for and well.
Today is the anniversary of the military coup in Chile in 1973 against President Allende. Political activities can escalate during this time surrounding the anniversary, so IFSA-Butler has reminded our students of the safety instructions they were given previously. Students are to avoid demonstrations and large crowds to maintain their safety, as well as being aware of any unfamiliar or unattended objects or bags. Furthermore, we maintain close contact with the U.S. Embassy in Chile, and we follow all of their safety recommendations. IFSA-Butler students are registered with the U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which provides them with the latest security information.
The IFSA-Butler staff make a priority of the safety of your students. We continually monitor security situations around the world, and our on-site staff maintains frequent communication with our students. Students in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar are in classes today and their routines continue as normal.
September 8, 2014
All IFSA-Butler students in Santiago, Chile are accounted for following the detonation of a bomb outside a government building around 2 p.m. local time on Monday. The blast injured seven people.
The anniversary of the Pinochet coup in Chile is September 11, and political activities can escalate during this time. IFSA-Butler reminds students to avoid demonstrations and large crowds to maintain their safety. While we recognize that young people can find these gatherings intriguing, we caution that they are not always controlled.