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Chile: Pinera visits police officers injured during anti-government protests

Chile, Santiago
October 31, 2019 at 00:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

President of Chile Sebastián Pinera met with several police officers injured during ongoing anti-government protests, during a visit to Santiago's Carabineros Hospital on Wednesday.

Footage shows Pinera walking around the hospital facilities, and greeting some injured officers.

"I have come to express my support and gratitude to the Carabineros of Chile and my condolences and commitment to the Carabineros who have been wounded and injured in the line of duty," said Pinera.

In response to questions about the alleged excessive use of force by police, Pinera said that "each time this happens, Carabineros de Chile initiates an internal investigation and, when appropriate, puts the records at the disposal of the prosecutor's office."

The massive anti-government demonstrations in Chile were initially triggered by a metro fare hike which was later withdrawn.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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President of Chile Sebastián Pinera met with several police officers injured during ongoing anti-government protests, during a visit to Santiago's Carabineros Hospital on Wednesday.

Footage shows Pinera walking around the hospital facilities, and greeting some injured officers.

"I have come to express my support and gratitude to the Carabineros of Chile and my condolences and commitment to the Carabineros who have been wounded and injured in the line of duty," said Pinera.

In response to questions about the alleged excessive use of force by police, Pinera said that "each time this happens, Carabineros de Chile initiates an internal investigation and, when appropriate, puts the records at the disposal of the prosecutor's office."

The massive anti-government demonstrations in Chile were initially triggered by a metro fare hike which was later withdrawn.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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