Thousands gather in main protest square in Chile capital

  • Saturday 18, January 2020 01:44 PM
Sharjah 24 – AFP: Thousands of people gather in Plaza Italia square, the historical epicenter of Chilean demonstrations in the capital, as the protest movement, in its eighth week, continues to put pressure on the government of President Sebastian Pinera.
Chilean police responded to recent mass protests in a "fundamentally repressive manner," resulting in serious abuses including unlawful killings and torture, UN investigators said Friday.

In a fresh report, the UN rights office said that during the recent mass protests and state of emergency in Chile, the police and army violated international rights norms and standards for crowd control and use of force.

Chile's human rights minister Lorena Recabarren voiced Santiago's "regret" over the complaints, but said they should be seen in context of the violence.

Chile's crisis erupted in mid-October over metro fare hikes but quickly escalated into the most severe outbreak of social unrest since the end of Augusto Pinochet nearly 30 years ago.

Furious Chileans have taken to the streets to register their anger over inequality and particularly to vent at the elites that control much of the country's wealth.