In footage: Clashes in Chile amid nationwide strike

Mass protests and a nationwide strike have introduced components of Chile to a standstill as discontent over inequality within the nation continues.

The unrest started nearly a month in the past, initially triggered by a now-suspended rise within the value of metro fares within the capital Santiago. However protests shortly unfold throughout the nation, reflecting wider anger towards the federal government.


The strike on Tuesday was supported by unions in varied industries. It drew widespread participation throughout the nation, whereas giant demonstrations have been held in a number of cities.

The motion got here as the worth of the nationwide forex hit a report low.


Hundreds of individuals took to the streets in Santiago to protest towards the federal government of President Sebastián Piñera.

An aerial view of people demonstrating against the government of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, in Santiago on 12 November, 2019.Picture copyright
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Folks waved the flags of Chile and the Mapuche indigenous group in the course of the demonstration.

Protesters shout slogans and wave flags of Chile and the Mapuche people during a national strike and general demonstration called by different workers' unions on 12 November, 2019 in Santiago, Chile.Picture copyright
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Right here, a gaggle of protesters stand beneath graffiti saying “inequality” as they demand better social reforms.

Chile is certainly one of Latin America’s wealthiest nations but additionally certainly one of its most unequal – it has the worst ranges of earnings equality among the many 36 member nations of the Organisation for Financial Co-operation and Improvement (OECD).

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Marches additionally took locations in different components of the nation on Tuesday, together with town of Concepción

Demonstrators march against Chile's government in Concepcion, Chile, 12 November, 2019.Picture copyright
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Whereas many marched peacefully, clashes as soon as once more broke out within the capital between teams of protesters and police.

Demonstrators clash with police during a protest in the central Plaza Italia in Santiago, Chile, 12 November 2019.Picture copyright
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Protesters have been seen throwing rocks at safety forces, whereas riot police used water cannons and tear gasoline in an effort to disperse them.

Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest demanding greater social reform on 12 November, 2019.Picture copyright
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Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest demanding greater social reform on 12 November, 2019.Picture copyright
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The clashes continued as evening fell, with some protesters organising burning barricades.

A demonstrator makes a burning barricade during a national strike and general demonstration called by different workers' unions on 12 November, 2019 in Santiago, Chile.Picture copyright
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Related unrest broke out in different cities, together with Concepción, the place a authorities constructing was reportedly evacuated after a hearth broke out.

Riot police stand amid tear gas and smoke from a burning barricade during a protest against Chile's government in Concepcion on 12 November, 2019Picture copyright
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The coastal metropolis of Valparaíso floor to a halt amid the strike, with mass protests there additionally turning violent.

Demonstrators clash with security forces during a protest against Chile's government in Valparaiso on 12 November, 2019.Picture copyright
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Mr Piñera made an tackle to the nation amid the protests.

Earlier efforts by the president to quell the unrest – together with rising the minimal wage and primary pension – haven’t appeased the demonstrators.

People watch a television broadcasting a speech by Chile's President Sebastian Pinera in an emergency room of a hospital amid anti-government protests in Santiago, Chile, 12 November, 2019Picture copyright
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