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Chile: Protesters blasted with water cannon after two-day march from Limache

Chile, Santiago
November 02, 2019 at 04:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of protesters marched for 98 kilometres (60.8 miles) from Limache to Santiago, arriving in the capital on Friday, in order to join the mass demonstrations and rally in from of the Chilean government palace.

The protesters were only able to rally for a few minutes before being met by riot police and a water cannon, which was used to disperse them.

"We came to read a letter, I don't know how violent that could be for Pinera, but they started attacking us with water cannon and tear gas. There are children, there are always children in these family marches and they attack and shoot without thinking in the damage they can cause," said Victor Vera, one of the protesters.

The massive anti-government demonstrations in Chile were initially triggered by a metro fare hike which was later withdrawn.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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Dozens of protesters marched for 98 kilometres (60.8 miles) from Limache to Santiago, arriving in the capital on Friday, in order to join the mass demonstrations and rally in from of the Chilean government palace.

The protesters were only able to rally for a few minutes before being met by riot police and a water cannon, which was used to disperse them.

"We came to read a letter, I don't know how violent that could be for Pinera, but they started attacking us with water cannon and tear gas. There are children, there are always children in these family marches and they attack and shoot without thinking in the damage they can cause," said Victor Vera, one of the protesters.

The massive anti-government demonstrations in Chile were initially triggered by a metro fare hike which was later withdrawn.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