Looting and confrontations between protesters and police in a new day of protests in Chile

Looting, barricades and confrontations between the Carabineros Special Forces and protesters marked the second anniversary of the Sebastián Piñera government and continued until the early hours of the morning, leaving 237 detainees in Santiago and 478 in the rest of the country, according to the balance of The authorities.

The capital of Chile was the main place for anti-government protests at dawn, concentrated in communes on the outskirts of Santiago, where barricades and incidents were recorded that ended with 38 people detained, of whom 31 are men, 5 women and two minors. age.

In this regard, the captain of the prefecture Sergio Castellón reported that the police who came to suppress the protests and barricades “were attacked with forceful elements such as stones, in addition to Molotov bombs.”

The uniformed officer added that in the Las Rejas and Alameda sector (Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins avenue, one of Santiago’s main road arteries), a group of 500 people erected barricades and then looted a perfume shop, a shopping center and a local bakery.

These looting and violence in the early hours of this Thursday in Santiago, is the continuation of another violent day with confrontations in the streets of various cities, within the framework of the two years of the second Piñera government, and in the midst of the commemoration of the 30 years of the return to democracy in the country, after 17 years of Augusto Pinochet’s military civic dictatorship (1973-1990).

Chile has been experiencing a crisis since October 18, with massive marches and social demands, which have led Piñera to change his government policies and even call a plebiscite on April 26 so that Chileans can choose whether they want to change the current Constitution, which dates from 1980, when the dictator Augusto Pinochet ruled.

Despite the Social Agenda that the government seeks to implement, Piñera’s approval does not reach 10% in various surveys.