1 Dead, 17 Hurt In Chile As Police Clash With Indigenous Protesters
Faizan Hashmi 5 days ago Mon 11th October 2021 | 09:20 AM
Santiago, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 11th Oct, 2021 ) :One person died and 17 others were injured Sunday as riot police clashed with protesters in the Chilean capital during a rally by the indigenous Mapuche community.
About a thousand activists, many wearing ponchos and traditional head ornaments, marched in the center of Santiago, demanding autonomy for the Mapuche, when police moved in to disperse the protest with water cannons and tear gas.
Protesters responded with sticks and stones in a confrontation that lasted about 40 minutes, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.
A total of 10 people were arrested following the clashes.
The Chilean state has long been accused of discrimination against the Mapuche people, the country's largest indigenous group, who centuries ago controlled vast areas of Chile but have since been marginalized.