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Chile: Police use water cannon during clashes with protesters at 'K-Pop rally'02:16

Chile: Police use water cannon during clashes with protesters at 'K-Pop rally'

Chile, Santiago
December 28, 2019 at 04:33 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of protesters gathered in Santiago at an anti-government 'K-pop' themed rally which was set up on Friday after Chilean President Sebastian Pinera blamed recent riot waves on the Korean music genre.

Footage shows riot police dispersing protesters by deploying tear gas and water cannons. According to Pinera, recent government analyses of social media activities at the peak of the unrest show fans of K-pop culture rank among the most active accounts tweeting about the unrest.

On Friday the Chilean President signed a decree that will summon the constitutional plebiscite on April 26 in order for Chileans to decide if they want a new constitution, and if so, whether it will be drawn up by a constitutional commission among citizens or a mixed committee that would be 50 per cent current lawmakers and 50 per cent elected members.

Chile has been rocked by nation-wide protests since October, which were triggered by a now-withdrawn increase in subway fares but have now turned into a wider social movement. Social discontent has been fuelled by frustration with President Sebastian Pinera's policies and growing inequality.

Chile: Police use water cannon during clashes with protesters at 'K-Pop rally'02:16
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Thousands of protesters gathered in Santiago at an anti-government 'K-pop' themed rally which was set up on Friday after Chilean President Sebastian Pinera blamed recent riot waves on the Korean music genre.

Footage shows riot police dispersing protesters by deploying tear gas and water cannons. According to Pinera, recent government analyses of social media activities at the peak of the unrest show fans of K-pop culture rank among the most active accounts tweeting about the unrest.

On Friday the Chilean President signed a decree that will summon the constitutional plebiscite on April 26 in order for Chileans to decide if they want a new constitution, and if so, whether it will be drawn up by a constitutional commission among citizens or a mixed committee that would be 50 per cent current lawmakers and 50 per cent elected members.

Chile has been rocked by nation-wide protests since October, which were triggered by a now-withdrawn increase in subway fares but have now turned into a wider social movement. Social discontent has been fuelled by frustration with President Sebastian Pinera's policies and growing inequality.

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