Thousands of protesters gathered in Antofagasta demanding the resignation of Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, marching and blockading the center of the city and its roads. Although the Carabineros attempted to repress the protesters as much as possible, but resistance continued against water cannon trucks and riot vans by blockading roads with barricades and using Molotov cocktails.
About 50 abolitionists gathered at the minimum-security federal prison for men in Laval, Quebec, setting off fireworks, banging on pots and pans, and yelling chants in solidarity with those inside during the New Years’ noise demo. Prisoners at the jail have been kept in isolation from months, with limited to no access to the gym or library and no visits from family.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in Montevideo gathered to demand increased funding for public education for better working conditions and salaries for professors. The demonstration came as the ruling liberal National Party made budget cuts to education, as part of a wider neoliberal campaign to privatize elements of the public sector.
Around 300 protesters in Frankfurt marched after a 19-year-old Iraqi refugee died in a hospital after being arrested for possession of marijuana. While in custody, Qosay Sadam Khalaf “collapsed” in his cell and was taken to a hospital, where he ended up dying. Police attacked the demonstration, kicking and punching protesters without provocation.