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WATCH: Church goes up in flames & COLLAPSES as Chile anniversary rallies escalate into clashes and looting

WATCH: Church goes up in flames & COLLAPSES as Chile anniversary rallies escalate into clashes and looting

Tens of hundreds of Chileans rallied in Santiago, nonetheless demanding constitutional adjustments a yr after mass protests left dozens useless, however the peaceable occasion ultimately descended into chaos, with clashes, looting and arson.

The protest within the capital of Chile erupted in scuffles with police and looting of supermarkets on Sunday night.

Masked mobs firebombed a police headquarters and church later within the day. Whereas firefighters and even a few of the protesters tried to avoid wasting the Iglesia de la Asunción, its spire ultimately collapsed.

“Those that perform these acts of violence don’t want Chileans to resolve our issues by means of democratic means,” Inside Minister Victor Perez mentioned late Sunday, praising peaceable protesters however vowing to carry rioters and vandals to justice.

Perez urged Chileans to specific their grievances at a nationwide referendum on October 25 as a substitute, which can ask voters whether or not the structure ought to be changed and, if that’s the case, how a brand new constitution ought to be drafted.

The present structure, in power since 1980 and enacted by the previous army junta of Augusto Pinochet, has been modified quite a few occasions within the years since. Nonetheless, it doesn’t set up the state’s accountability to offer training and healthcare – two calls for made by the tens of millions of Chileans who’ve as soon as once more taken to the streets not too long ago following months of Covid-19 lockdowns.

Authorities estimated that Sunday’s rally within the capital, Santiago attracted not more than 25,000 individuals at its peak, a lot smaller than the 2019 unrest which resulted in curfews and the army patrolling streets for the primary time for the reason that rule of Pinochet.

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