Violent protests rock Chile amid president’s state-of-the-nation report
Violent protests broke out in Chile on Saturday as President Michelle Bachelet presented a state-of-the-nation report to Congress.
One man died of asphyxiation after masked demonstrators burned a pharmacy and a supermarket in downtown Valparaiso, which is where the South American nation’s congress meets.
Local TV broadcast images of smoke rising from different parts of the city. Government spokesman Marcelo Diaz condemned the man’s death in comments to TVN television. The man was identified as 71-year-old Eduardo Lara, who worked as a guard for the municipality.
“Our condolences got to the family of Eduardo Lara. We reject, condemn and are overwhelmed by the fact that the demonstrations ended in the death of a worker,” said Diaz.
The protest began as a peaceful march but turned rough as some demonstrators threw rocks at police and gasoline bombs at buildings. Officers responded with tear gas and high-pressure blasts of water.
Historically, protests in the city to mark annual presidential address cause widespread material damages, but this time the fires got out of hand, consuming businesses and a municipal office. Some of the fires burned for hours after the demonstration.
south america is really bubbling..chile is just another that seems to be undergoing an “arab spring” type moment..
“The protest began as a peaceful march but turned rough as some demonstrators threw rocks at police and gasoline bombs at buildings. Officers responded with tear gas and high-pressure blasts of water.”
as is often the case..the protests grow from something that is relatively small in the whole scheme of things into something much bigger..