A Chilean special forces captain has been arrested for assault in relation to an incident in which a woman was blinded by a tear gas canister during the massive social protests that rocked the country in 2019.
China is seizing on violent protests in Europe and South America to bolster its condemnation of demonstrations in Hong Kong and defend its handling of the unrest.
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has joined its voice to the international condemnation of the Chilean government’s repressive crackdown of a demonstration in Santiago on Thursday. Trade unionists were among those targeted by police aggression and arrests in the aftermath of Thursday’s peaceful demonstration.
Violent protests broke out in Chile on Saturday as President Michelle Bachelet presented a state-of-the-nation report to Congress. One man died of asphyxiation after masked demonstrators burned a pharmacy and a supermarket in downtown Valparaiso, which is where Chile’s congress meets.