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Chile: Tear Gas, Rocks Fly at Santiago Protest

Police used water cannon and tear gas in the Chilean capital of Santiago on Friday to disperse protesters throwing rocks towards officers and armoured vehicles.

Thousands of people flooded Plaza Italia for the sixth consecutive Friday since the beginning of unrest.

The protests were triggered in October by the now-suspended metro fare hike and fuelled by frustration with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera’s policies and perceived rising inequality.

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