Tens of Thousands of Chileans Protest in Santiago Against Piñera

50,000 protesters gathered at the Alameda, demonstrating against the Piñera presidency and demanding the resignation of the government. Many chanted “Piñera CTM [conchatumadre], asesino, igual que Pinochet!” (English translation: Piñera, you motherfucker, murderer, the same as Pinochet!) and other anti-Piñera slogans, while waving the indigenous Mapuche flag.

Demonstrators then moved to the area between the University of Chile and Cerro Huelen, with clashes with police occurring in the streets of Santiago. Molotovs were thrown by demonstrators, with water cannons observed to be used by the Carabineros, or the national police force of Chile.

Clashes were observed at estimated 8:15 P.M, with demonstrators hit by water cannons deployed by the Carabineros on the outskirts of the National Library. Intentional assaults were also recorded on human rights watchers and street medic brigades on the ground.

Protesters then made their way to Plaza Dignidad, with fires burning all over the area. Water cannon trucks were beaten back, with thousands crowding the central square of Santiago in defiance of the attempted crackdown against protesters that occurred.

About 3,000 people were counted in Plaza Dignidad, with the rest on their way to the presidential palace. Several bus stops were also seen burning in the area.

Thousands moved through the Alameda, with many attempting to break police lines and get to the presidential palace.

The Carabineros also attacked demonstrators in the Alameda, with many left temporarily blinded by the chemicals of the water cannons deployed.

Many street medics were seen treating protesters that were hit by water cannons, with the number of people injured continuing to climb all over Santiago.

Demonstrations continued at Plaza Dignidad, despite the attempts of the Carabineros to stop the protesters by nightfall.

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