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Chile: Protesters loot church, burn its contents in Santiago

Chile, Santiago
November 09, 2019 at 00:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Protesters in Santiago dragged furniture and religious artefacts out of a Catholic church before setting them on fire in the street, on Friday.

Riot police used a water cannon to extinguish the flaming barricade which protesters had assembled from the contents of the La Asuncion church, with the police also deploying tear gas in an attempt to force the protesters to disperse.

The nearby University Pedro de Valdivia was also set on fire, with smoke billowing from the roof of a unviersity building, although the cause of the conflagration is reportedly still being established.

The current wave of protests in Chile, which are 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 protests amid calls for the resignation of President Sebastian Pinera.

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Protesters in Santiago dragged furniture and religious artefacts out of a Catholic church before setting them on fire in the street, on Friday.

Riot police used a water cannon to extinguish the flaming barricade which protesters had assembled from the contents of the La Asuncion church, with the police also deploying tear gas in an attempt to force the protesters to disperse.

The nearby University Pedro de Valdivia was also set on fire, with smoke billowing from the roof of a unviersity building, although the cause of the conflagration is reportedly still being established.

The current wave of protests in Chile, which are 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 protests amid calls for the resignation of President Sebastian Pinera.

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