Chilean march in memory of dictatorship dead turns violent

Police clashed with hooded protesters in Santiago as thousands marched the streets in memory of the victims of the abuses of General Augusto Pinochet’s military government. Activists were dispersed by police with teargas and water cannons.
More than 5,000 people took to the streets of the Chilean capital to remember those who fell victim to the abuses of Pinochet’s dictatorship from 1973- 1990.
Marchers gathered in Santiago’s grand cemetery, brandishing pictures of family members who were killed or disappeared during Pinochet’s 17-year rule.
The peaceful march descended into violence when about 50 hooded youths blocked roads and clashed with police officers. They lit fires in the streets using banners of the candidates of the next municipal elections as fuel and hurled Molotov cocktails and stones at officers. Police dispersed the rioters with paintball rounds, tear gas and water cannons, arresting a total of eight people.
Spokesperson for the Association of Families of Those Who Were Detained and Disappeared (AFDD) decried Chile’s government. Citing the recent student protests and the discrimination of Mapuche Indians she said that President “Sebastian Pinera’s government is guilty of the same right-wing repression as the dictatorship.”

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