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World Demonstrators in northern Chile protest against Venezuela migrants

03:30  26 september  2021
03:30  26 september  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Chileans march against undocumented migrants in Iquique, Chile on September 25, 2021 MARTIN BERNETTI AFP. The demonstration took place a day after police evacuated a migrant camp that had existed for a year in the town square. Most of the migrants , poor and undocumented, are stranded Venezuelan migrants take refuge on the seashore to avoid being attacked by demonstrators during a march in Iquique, Chile on September 25, 2021 MARTIN BERNETTI AFP. Venezuela , meanwhile, is in an unprecedented economic and political crisis that has led millions of people to leave their country

The Venezuelan migration and refugee crisis (also known as the Bolivarian diaspora), the largest recorded refugee crisis in the Americas

About 3,000 people marched Saturday in the northern Chilean port city of Iquique to protest the presence of undocumented Venezuelans, with some demonstrators scuffling with migrants and a radical fringe setting fire to belongings at an empty immigrant camp.

Demonstrators burn belongings at a makeshift Venezuelan migrant camp during a protest in Iquique, Chile on September 25, 2021 © MARTIN BERNETTI Demonstrators burn belongings at a makeshift Venezuelan migrant camp during a protest in Iquique, Chile on September 25, 2021 Chileans march against undocumented migrants in Iquique, Chile on September 25, 2021 © MARTIN BERNETTI Chileans march against undocumented migrants in Iquique, Chile on September 25, 2021

The marching demonstrators shouted "No more illegal immigration" and sang the local anthem as well as Chile's national anthem, warning that "Chile is a republic that will be respected."

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One million protesters took to the streets of Chile in the biggest demonstrations since violence broke out. At least 18 people have been killed, hundreds wounded and millions of dollars of damage has been caused. Demonstrators waving national flags, blowing whistles and horns, wafting incense and bearing placards urging political and social change streamed through the streets, walking for miles from around Santiago to converge on Plaza Italia. The scenes were replicated in cities around the country.

Protesters and police clashed once again in the Chilean capital of Santiago on Thursday, as authorities extended a curfew for the sixth consecutive night. An apology from President Sebastian Pinera failed to temper escalating levels of violence on the streets, which have so far led to at least 18 deaths. A demonstrator jumps in front of a police vehicle during the sixth day of protest against President Sebastian Pinera. Growing frustration. Pinera's address has done little to calm the protests , which began over a now-suspended price hike for subway tickets in Santiago but have since

Police stepped in to break up a number of minor fights which they said were caused by Chileans who attacked Venezuelan migrants living on the street.

The protesters marched from Iquique's old town about 10 blocks to the Pacific Ocean where hotels and apartments line the seafront.

The migrants have scrambled around the city since early Saturday to try to find less visible spots to camp, AFP journalists said.


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The demonstration took place a day after police evacuated a migrant camp that had existed for a year in the town square. Most of the migrants, poor and undocumented, are stranded in the city, surviving on odd jobs with no way to reach the capital.

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Protests in Chile continue even after President Sebastian Pinera appointed a new cabinet and announced social reforms. But he won't budge on the protesters ' main demand. More than a week after the outbreak of mass protests against social inequality in the country, the people are making their anger known once again. "We are fed up with the abuse of power by the government. One percent of our society has the most money and therefore the most power," says Ariela Contreras, a 30-year-old art teacher.

Opposition protester shouts slogans against president Nicolas Maduro and against he failures of public services in the State of Zulia, in Caracas, Venezuela , Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Demonstrators mobilized in support of the inhabitants of the western state of Zulia, which suffers daily power Refugee agencies estimate that around 85 percent of those who have fled remain in Latin America and the Caribbean. Colombia hosts the greatest number of refugees and migrants — an estimated 1.4 million Venezuelans — while Peru is sheltering some 860,000. Chile , Ecuador and Brazil have each

"The hundred families" who lived on the square "are now wandering in various public spaces... they are trying to settle with their tents on the beaches" or in the city's industrial zone, said Jose Miguel Carvajal, governor of the Tarapaca region where Iquique is located.

Venezuelan migrants take refuge on the seashore to avoid being attacked by demonstrators during a march in Iquique, Chile on September 25, 2021 © MARTIN BERNETTI Venezuelan migrants take refuge on the seashore to avoid being attacked by demonstrators during a march in Iquique, Chile on September 25, 2021

Some more radical demonstrators went to a small camp set up by some Venezuelan migrants -- who were not there -- and burned their few belongings: tents, mattresses, bags, blankets and toys.

Chile is Latin America's wealthiest country by per capita standards.

Venezuela, meanwhile, is in an unprecedented economic and political crisis that has led millions of people to leave their country, rich in oil resources but mismanaged and rife with dysfunction.

Venezuela's national currency, the bolivar, has lost 73 percent of its value to the dollar so far this year. Inflation is about 3,000 percent.

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