Police and Protesters Clash

Apr 29, 2020

Clashes between police officers and protesters broke out in the late afternoon of 27 April 2020 after an anti-government demonstration violated coronavirus-related social distancing restrictions near Plaza Italia in the capital Santiago. Police officers deployed water cannons and tear gas after approximately 200 protesters gathered at the scene, defying the ban against all gatherings of more than 50 people. There were no immediate reports of injuries; however, police officers arrested at least 60 people during the incident. Separately, police officials confirmed that unidentified individuals likely threw Molotov cocktails or other incendiary device at a police station during the overnight hours of 27 April in the neighborhood of Lo Hermida, located in the Santiago metropolitan region. No injuries were reported. Investigators have launched an inquiry into the incident.

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