December 6, 2021

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With looting, riots and fires, the march to the anniversary of the protests in Chile culminated

Protesters face police today in the center of Santiago (Chile). With the massive demonstration in Santiago that brought thousands of people together, Chile this Monday celebrated the second anniversary of the historic social crisis of 2019, which marked the beginning of the drafting of a new constitution.

Robbery, riots and fires in public and private property furniture This Monday is mostly a quiet day And tens of thousands of Chileans across the country celebrated the second anniversary of the historic struggles that began on October 18, 2019.

The largest concentration took place in Central Plaza Italy in Santiago de Chile, with about 10,000 people, most of whom demonstrated quietly, with songs and music, according to the first figures provided by police officers, and it lasted from late afternoon until late at night.

A couple kiss while burning objects during protests in Chile
A couple kiss while burning objects during protests in Chile

Near this place, the police force Carabineros de Chile announced the burning of several urban bus stops, Set fire to the entrance of a nearby park, after which a Molotov cocktail was thrown and several clashes with some groups.

An opponent disguised as the Joker during a protest in Chile
An opponent disguised as the Joker during a protest in Chile

There was a structural fire in a business complex, which was extinguished by the fire department, and some robberies have been reported in the vicinity of the capital, one of which balanced 12 people, as well as a civil registry office for robbery and destruction.

Local media reported that a public vehicle was set on fire in the northern city of La Serena And several riots and looting of shopping malls in Valparaராசso on the central coast.

Carabineros announced the burning of an abandoned house, historically reported, in the northern city of Antofagasta.

Protesters burned objects during a march in Chile
Protesters burned objects during a march in Chile

Overall, in the early hours of the night, the number of prisoners nationwide exceeded thirty, according to Carabineros, who carried out a special operation with nearly 20,000 agents across the country to control the protests on this day.

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“We are in the presence of some criminals on these dates to commit crimes, loot, burn, carbineros, attack public and private property and steal.”Interior Minister Rodrigo Delgado told a news conference at the La Moneta Palace, the headquarters of the government.

The group of protesters who took part in the protests entered the former headquarters of the National Congress of the country, where the session of the Constitutional Conference is taking place. This is precisely the result of the social protests that erupted in 2019.

Protesters hurled stones at police vehicles
Protesters hurled stones at police vehicles

Those who were able to access the neighborhood were members of the Central Unitaria de Trapezadores (CUT), which prompted the response of carabiners agents protesting in all parts of Santiago.

In this context, Tear gas was used to disperse protesters in front of the building where the Chile Lower House was located., Informs the station Radio Pao Boo.

The events took place at the beginning of the discussion of the protocols that would make the country the next Magna Carta, and after the approval of the internal rules governing the body. The new constitution will change the constitution that has been in place since 1980 with the approval of the Augusto Pinochet regime.

Protesters stormed the streets of Valparaiso
Protesters stormed the streets of Valparaiso

In addition, demonstrations to mark the anniversary of the social explosion have taken place in more than 50 parts of the country, one of which is the Plaza Italia – or Plaza Bagutano – in Santiago de Chile, the main meeting place for the 2019 protests. According to Carabineros, 8,000 to 10,000 people gathered.

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At different concentrations, riots and acts of sabotage took place, as well as clashes between protesters and police.

The minister condemned the incidents of violence and called for a review of the amnesty law being discussed in Congress for detainees during the 2019 protests, which some political and social groups refer to as “political prisoners”.

Carabineros de Chile had to face destruction
Carabineros de Chile had to face destruction

“There are no political prisoners here. The 30 people arrested today and those who lost their freedom. If we have enough evidence for that, they will lose their freedom for the crimes they committed in the framework of the protest.Delcado said.

After the end of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990), Chile experienced the worst social crisis. Better economic and social rights, resulting in thirty deaths and thousands of injuries.

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The protesters again destroyed public works
The protesters again destroyed public works

The element process of creating a new Magna Carta, which is immersed in Chile, experienced an important milestone at the beginning of a substantial debate on the content of the basic text of this day, the institutional and political solution that calmed the country on the streets in 2019.

The working constitution conference in the new Magna Carta was established in July this year and its aim is to amend the draft new constitution before May 2022, which is seen as a manifestation of military dictatorship and extreme inequality. . There were struggles for that.

More than 30 details

These and other similar incidents across the country led to arrests At least 30 people this Monday – mainly due to destruction, theft or disorder– Interior Minister Rodrigo Delco has announced that Carabineros has estimated the number of injured officers at 15.

The police dissolved the protesters with water
The police dissolved the protesters with water

Unfortunately, again we see the face of violence that some criminals want to carry out because I see them being classified as protesters many times over. We are not in the presence of protesters, we are in the presence of some criminals, i.e. those who use these dates to commit crimes, to loot, to burn, to steal, to attack the police and the public, to attack the public and private property. “Delcado regretted the events of the day.

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Similarly, it emphasizes that these “criminals” do not represent the majority segment, which seeks the current institutional path ”.

In this sense, he called on presidential candidates and political parties to condemn the violence and “discuss amnesty law”, which, in his opinion, “can pardon those who may be in prison today.”

Protesters burn goods during protests in Chile
Protesters burn goods during protests in Chile

“Then someone will say we’re in the presence of a political prisoner. Look closely at the pictures (of the riot). There are no political prisoners here.”, Protected.

The National Institute for Human Rights (INDH) condemned this Monday during a protest against the Latin American country “human rights violations” in 2019. Chilean judges have received 3,072 complaints of social outrage, resulting in the prosecution of 136 people.

(With information from EFE)

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