- Title: Chileans in Paris hold protest against Pinera
- Date: 23rd October 2019
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (OCTOBER 23, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS HOLDING DEMONSTRATION ON PLACE DE LA REPUBLIQUE SQUARE / SINGING, BANGING POTS AND WAVING ARMS IN AIR PROTESTER STANDING ON STATUE WITH BANNER READING (French): "IN CHILE, HUMAN RIGHTS ARE BEING VIOLATED. #PINERA MURDERER" PROTESTERS CHANTING AT PROTEST PROTESTERS HOLDING SIGN READING (Spanish): "PEOPLE UNITED CAN NEVER BE DEFEATED" STATUE IN SQUARE OF "MARIANNE", SYMBOL OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC (SOUNDBITE)(French) CHILEAN WOMAN WHO LIVES IN PARIS AND WHO IS PART OF A COLLECTIVE OF DESCENDANTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS OF FORMER TORTURERS IN CHILE DURING PINOCHET'S TIME IN POWER, VERONICA ESTAY, SAYING: "Most people over there are very worried, I feel like there is a part of the population that can remain on the sidelines, they don't feel necessarily affected so they don't get involved. They are people with a good social position but personally, my family and friends are all involved and are extremely worried because they are confronted by the violence and repression everyday in the streets. So, no one knows how it is going to evolve or degenerate." PROTEST ONGOING
- Embargoed: 6th November 2019 18:00
- Keywords: Chile Sebastian Pinera Paris protests
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001B2BKU2V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A crowd of approximately 200 Chileans held a demonstration in front of Place de la Republique square in Paris on Wednesday (October 23) to show solidarity with protesters in Chile.
Chile braced for more protests and a general strike by state workers on Wednesday, despite President Sebastian Pinera's pleas for forgiveness and announcement of ambitious reforms to quell unrest that has rocked the country and led to at least 15 deaths.
Pinera late on Tuesday (October 22) said he hoped to turn recent violent protests, which have also seen some 5,000 people arrested, into an "opportunity" for Chile.
At least 15 people have died in protests that started over a hike in public transport costs, prompting a weekend of riots, arson attacks and looting of businesses and the declaration of a state of emergency by Pinera over a large swath of Chile.
(Production: Martin Esposito, Pascale Antonie)
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