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Chile: Unrest continues in Santiago despite Pinera’s cabinet reshuffle

Chile, Santiago
October 29, 2019 at 00:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Clashes erupted between demonstrators and police in downtown Santiago on Monday, as thousands took to the streets amid a fresh wave of anti-government protest. Earlier in the day, President Sebastián Pinera announced several minsters were to be replaced in his cabinet, including interior minister Andrés Chadwick and finance minster Felipe Larrain.

Footage shows protesters with flags and banners congregating around Plaza Baquedano, ahead of marching towards the Palacio de La Moneda. Riot police can be seen deploying tear gas and a water cannon to prevent the march from reaching the presidential building.

"This is a circus where the main clown is Pinera. He should have called for a plebiscite, a new constitution is the only valid proposition, everything else is a circus, no one believes them, they want everything to remain the same," said one demonstrator.

The massive anti-government demonstrations in Chile were initially triggered by a metro fare hike which was later withdrawn. But protests continued with demands to address the rising cost of living, pension reform and alleged abuse of power by police.

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Clashes erupted between demonstrators and police in downtown Santiago on Monday, as thousands took to the streets amid a fresh wave of anti-government protest. Earlier in the day, President Sebastián Pinera announced several minsters were to be replaced in his cabinet, including interior minister Andrés Chadwick and finance minster Felipe Larrain.

Footage shows protesters with flags and banners congregating around Plaza Baquedano, ahead of marching towards the Palacio de La Moneda. Riot police can be seen deploying tear gas and a water cannon to prevent the march from reaching the presidential building.

"This is a circus where the main clown is Pinera. He should have called for a plebiscite, a new constitution is the only valid proposition, everything else is a circus, no one believes them, they want everything to remain the same," said one demonstrator.

The massive anti-government demonstrations in Chile were initially triggered by a metro fare hike which was later withdrawn. But protests continued with demands to address the rising cost of living, pension reform and alleged abuse of power by police.

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