January 12, 2011
Two young women were killed and four others were injured in an accident while participating in a massive protest against the gas price rise in Punta Arenas, the southernmost city of Chile, on Tuesday night.
Among the injured was a two-year-old baby girl, who is now out of danger but remains in a local hospital, local police said.
The two fatal victims died after being hit by a truck and dragged into an open-air fire barricade, police said.
According to eye witnesses, the truck had not turned on signal lights when the accident occurred.
The massive rally was protesting the government’s decision to raise gas price in the Magellan region.
Since the Chilean government announced a decision to raise the gas price in Magellan region, the public has shown strong opposition toward the move.
On Tuesday, the local authorities said that an indefinite regional strike will start on Wednesday.