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Chile: Demonstrator climbs on police truck and breaks water cannon

Chile, Santiago
November 07, 2019 at 13:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

A demonstrator climbed onto a police truck and disabled its water cannon during Wednesday protests at Providencia neighborhood in Chile’s capital, Santiago.

Other demonstrators who watched the scene applauded and cheered the action of the activist.

Demonstrators blocked streets, burnt barricades and held anti-government signs near South America's highest building, Gran Torre Santiago, as they faced off with police officers.

The current wave of demonstrations, considered to be the largest in decades, was sparked by a now-suspended metro fare hike. The demonstrations have since evolved into a movement with wider grievances aimed at addressing the rising cost of living, pension reform and police conduct during demonstrations amid calls for the resignation of President Sebastian Pinera.

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A demonstrator climbed onto a police truck and disabled its water cannon during Wednesday protests at Providencia neighborhood in Chile’s capital, Santiago.

Other demonstrators who watched the scene applauded and cheered the action of the activist.

Demonstrators blocked streets, burnt barricades and held anti-government signs near South America's highest building, Gran Torre Santiago, as they faced off with police officers.

The current wave of demonstrations, considered to be the largest in decades, was sparked by a now-suspended metro fare hike. The demonstrations have since evolved into a movement with wider grievances aimed at addressing the rising cost of living, pension reform and police conduct during demonstrations amid calls for the resignation of President Sebastian Pinera.

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