MADRID, Oct. 28 (EUROPE PRESS) –
Hundreds of people have returned to demonstrate on Monday in the main cities of Chile against the Government of Sebastián Piñera with clashes between protesters and police in the surroundings of the Congress, located in Valparaíso, and isolated incidents in Santiago.
According to the Chilean newspaper 'La Tercera', hundreds of people have tried to move towards Congress and Carabineros has prevented it using water cannons. The legislative headquarters had to be evacuated last Friday by similar altercations.
The Congress has become one of the hot spots of the protests against Piñera due to the intention of opposition deputies to present a constitutional accusation against the South American president, which could result in a political trial that ceases and disables him.
Piñera's detractors consider that he has abused his power by declaring a state of emergency and deploying the Armed Forces in a country where the 1973 coup d'etat makes military presence on the streets a sensitive issue.
At the same time, in Santiago, hundreds of protesters have marched through the center of the Chilean capital, where some isolated incidents have been recorded, according to 'La Tercera'. There have also been marches in Concepción.
The protests began on October 17 for the fourth rise of the subway ticket in a few months but grew rapidly to denounce social inequality. After a week, Piñera has presented a “social agenda” and remodeled the Government to respond to the concerns of Chileans.
At least 19 people have died, more than a thousand have been injured and more than 3,000 have been arrested. In addition, the National Institute of Human Rights has denounced abuses by security forces against those arrested that would include torture and harassment, among other abuses.