December 1, 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, according to the first figures provided by police officers, most of them protesting quietly, with songs and music, 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 commercial complex, which the fire department was able to put out, 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 looting 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 Valparaso on the central coast.

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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 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 demonstration, not to think differently.Delcado said.

After the end of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990), at the end of 2019, Chile experienced a very serious social crisis that began as a struggle against the rise in subway ticket prices and turned into a model uprising. 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.

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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.

(With information from EFE)

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