Massive demonstrations took place, Friday, in Santiago, calling for the resignation of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, leading to violent clashes with the Police.
About 10,000 people gathered in the streets, surrounding the government house, trying to move along the central Alameda Avenue, the main artery of the Chilean capital.
— Cooperativa (@Cooperativa) November 25, 2020
The protests burned public transport stops, and threw stones at police as they tried to hinder them, using water sprinkler trucks and tear gas.
Debido al lanzamiento de objetos contundentes y desórdenes en Alameda con Paseo Ahumada, personal COP interviene en ese sector. Recordamos que el tránsito se encuentra suspendido y reiteramos el llamado a peatones a que se desplacen con precaución. https://t.co/36ptx2adAL pic.twitter.com/81QxDIsuoq
— Carabineros Prefectura Central (@CarabPrCentral) November 25, 2020
Dozens of demonstrators were affected by the chemicals, and vomited in the corners, slumping on the ground, numbered in the dozens, according to AFP.
— Frente de Prensa Verdad y Revolución (@ChileInformado1) November 27, 2020
“All of Chile will continue to take to the streets until this president resigns, as long as he does not leave office,” a 36- year-old protester identified as Andrea Molina. “Chile will continue to mobilize, not only Santiago, but the entire country.”
Chile has recently witnessed two demonstrations, one denouncing violence against women, and the other against the government’s abolition of a bill that allows citizens to withdraw part of their pension funds in light of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.
The demonstrations are followed several days of clashes between groups of protesters and the police; however, this Friday was the most violent one.