Protesters burn the belongings of Venezuelan migrants during a protest in Chile

A group of protesters set fire to the property of several Venezuelan migrants camped in the Chilean city of Iquique during a protest against illegal migration on Saturday in the Latin American country.

“Inadmissible humiliation towards vulnerable migrants that affects them in the most personal way,” wrote the UN rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales, in a message on Twitter about the incident.

Protesters burn the belongings of Venezuelan migrants during a protest in Chile
Protesters burn the belongings of Venezuelan migrants during a protest in Chile

“The xenophobic discourse on the adjustment of migration to crime, which is unfortunately increasing in Chile, feeds this kind of barbarism,” complained González.

According to the Chilean news agency Uno, several dozen people took to the streets in the city of Iquique this Saturday to protest against illegal migration amid the migration crisis the country is suffering from.

In a video posted on social networks and recorded by Radio Paulina, you can see some of these protesters throwing various objects into the flames next to a makeshift camp for Venezuelan migrants.

Last Friday there was an expulsion of migrants in the same city, the majority of whom were of Venezuelan origin and who camped en masse in the Plaza Brasil.

Sebastián Piñera’s government defended the eviction and warned that migrants in an irregular situation would continue to be deported.

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