Riot Police Clash with Mapuche Protesters

Chilean Police and protesters have clashed during a Mapuche community “Day of the Race” march in Santiago on Sunday.

Demonstrators attacked police officers with sticks and stones, resulting in a 40-minute standoff when the police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the rally. 

At least ten protestors were arrested and 18 were hurt in the clash between protesters and police during a march in support of Chile’s Mapuche people, the country’s largest ethnic group.

The “March for Mapuche Resistance and Popular Autonomy,” organized via social media, drew roughly a thousand people to the area of Plaza Italia in the Chilean capital.

“A hooded group constantly attacked the police with fireworks,” said Enrique Monras Alvarez, chief of the police of the metropolitan area.

“One of (the fireworks) hit one of the protesters, who was with the police.”

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