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Chile: Riot Police Clash With Protesters As Anti-Government Rallies Continue

Violent clashes broke out between riot police and protesters as thousands took to the streets of Santiago on Thursday in the latest round of mass protests against the government of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.

Police used water cannon and tear gas with many demonstrators hiding behind makeshift shields and barriers. Streets were covered with smoke with debris set on fire. Police could also be seen dragging and beating up a protester.

The current wave of demonstrations, considered to be the largest in decades, was sparked by the now-suspended metro fare hike.

The demonstrations have since evolved into a movement with wider grievances aimed at addressing the rising cost of living, pension reform and police conduct during demonstrations.

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