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Chile: Police deploy tear gas and water cannons amid heavy clashes with protesters

Chile, Santiago
December 07, 2019 at 11:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of people took to the streets of Santiago on Friday, marking the 50th day of antigovernment protests with clashes and scuffles.

Masked activists armed with Molotov cocktails were on the front-line, facing the riot police deploying tear gas and water cannons.

Protesters shouted slogans, started a fire in the middle of central Plaza Italia and played the drums.

Some activists walked with national flags with a drawn closed eye and banners calling on the authorities to stop the excessive use of tear gas, as they were enraged after the latest report of Chilean National Institute of Human Rights indicated 352 activists had suffered eye injuries since the beginning of the unrest in October.

The protests were triggered by a now-withdrawn increase in subway fares. Social discontent has been fuelled by frustration with President Sebastian Pinera's policies and growing inequality.

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Thousands of people took to the streets of Santiago on Friday, marking the 50th day of antigovernment protests with clashes and scuffles.

Masked activists armed with Molotov cocktails were on the front-line, facing the riot police deploying tear gas and water cannons.

Protesters shouted slogans, started a fire in the middle of central Plaza Italia and played the drums.

Some activists walked with national flags with a drawn closed eye and banners calling on the authorities to stop the excessive use of tear gas, as they were enraged after the latest report of Chilean National Institute of Human Rights indicated 352 activists had suffered eye injuries since the beginning of the unrest in October.

The protests were triggered by a now-withdrawn increase in subway fares. Social discontent has been fuelled by frustration with President Sebastian Pinera's policies and growing inequality.

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