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World Churches burnt as thousands mark Chile protest movement anniversary

05:05  19 october  2020
05:05  19 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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SANTIAGO: Two churches were torched as tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered Sunday in a central Santiago square to mark the anniversary of a protest movement that broke out last year demanding greater equality in Chile .

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Two churches were torched as tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered Sunday in a central Santiago square to mark the anniversary of a protest movement that broke out last year demanding greater equality in Chile.

a fire place sitting in front of a fireplace: Protesters set a fire inside San Francisco de Borja church in Santiago. © Pablo COZZAGLIO Protesters set a fire inside San Francisco de Borja church in Santiago. a group of people on a stage in front of a crowd: Demonstrators set a police vehicle on fire during clashes between security forces and protesters marking the first anniversdary of Chile's social unrest over inequality © Martin BERNETTI Demonstrators set a police vehicle on fire during clashes between security forces and protesters marking the first anniversdary of Chile's social unrest over inequality

The demonstration comes just a week before Chileans vote in a referendum on whether to replace the dictatorship-era constitution -- one of the key demands when the protest movement began on October 18, 2019.

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a fire pit with smoke coming out of it: Firefighters work outside the burning church of Asuncion after it was set on fire by demonstrators in Santiago © MARTIN BERNETTI Firefighters work outside the burning church of Asuncion after it was set on fire by demonstrators in Santiago

While the morning brought a largely festive atmosphere to the protests at Plaza Italia, there were several incidents of violence, looting and vandalism in the afternoon.

One church close to Plaza Italia was burnt to the ground as hooded protesters cheered, while a second place of worship was looted and also suffered fire damage.

Firefighters managed to get that blaze under control, though.

The small Church of the Assumption that was totally destroyed is known as the "artists' parish," according to local press.

a building on fire at night: Demonstrators start a fire inside the San Francisco de Borja church in Santiago, Chile © MARTIN BERNETTI Demonstrators start a fire inside the San Francisco de Borja church in Santiago, Chile

There were clashes between groups of football hooligans in one Santiago neighborhood, while protesters in Plaza Italia doused a statue with red paint.

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The communist mayor of a neighborhood near the central square, Daniel Jadue, was hounded out of Plaza Italia by protesters.

Yet it was a different feeling in the morning when demonstrators, many wearing masks to protect against the coronavirus pandemic, held up banners, sang and danced. Police even gradually pulled back from the Plaza Italia.

"It's great, very good and positive. They're pure good things for Chile in everything from here," demonstrator Viviana Donoso, 43, told AFP as she and a group of people danced to drums.

"The people of Chile need to unite, and we have to believe that we can do things."

Some even turned up to the demonstration in fancy dress.

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For Victor Hugo de la Fuente, a journalist and manager at the Chilean edition of Le Monde Diplomatique, happiness reigned amongst protesters "due to the possibility of progressing and achieving a fairer and more democratic Chile."

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Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Santiago on Friday after President Sebastian Pinera announced harsher penalties for rioters and looters. The demonstrations have since evolved into a movement with wider grievances aimed at addressing the rising cost of living, pension reform and

Demonstrators also called for their countrymen to vote to "approve" the proposed constitutional change.

"This is the opportunity to say enough! We're here and we're going to vote for 'Approve,'" Paulina Villarroel, a 29-year-old psychologist, told AFP.

The government of President Sebastian Pinera -- one of the protesters' main targets -- called on demonstrators to be peaceful and to respect coronavirus restrictions.

The deadly outbreak has left 13,600 Chileans dead with more than 490,000 infected.

Protests broke out a year ago initially as a response to a hike in metro fares, before mushrooming into a general demonstration against inequality and the government.

On one night of unrest, a dozen metro stations were set ablaze, bus stops were smashed, supermarkets looted, buildings vandalized and protesters clashed with riot police who fired tear gas and used water cannons.

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