- Title: Police open water cannon on demonstrating workers in Chile
- Date: 10th November 2016
- Summary: SANTIAGO, CHILE (NOVEMBER 10, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS PROFANITY*** PROTESTERS BEING SPRAYED BY WATER CANNON MORE OF PROTESTERS BEING SPRAYED BY WATER CANNON WOMAN GIVING MIDDLE FINGER TO POLICE AS SHE IS SPRAYED BY WATER CANNON POLICE IN RIOT GEAR CLASHING WITH DEMONSTRATORS VARIOUS MORE OF WATER CANNON POLICE ARRESTING A RESISTING DEMONSTRATOR VARIOUS MORE OF CLASHES AND WATER CANNON (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRESIDENT OF THE ANEF WORKERS' GROUP, RAUL DE LA PUENTE, SAYING: "Today, despite today's repression, despite the forced removal (from Congress) the day before yesterday, despite the threats of cuts, public workers have come here to this demonstration, this movement, because they are standing up and are not willing to give in or negotiate from their knees." DEMONSTRATORS WALKING PAST GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS VARIOUS OF PEOPLE DEMONSTRATING WITH SIGNS, FLAGS AND BANNERS
- Embargoed: 25th November 2016 18:21
- Keywords: Chile workers demonstration protest clash
- Location: SANTIAGO, CHILE
- City: SANTIAGO, CHILE
- Country: Chile
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00157V5937
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: SHOT 3 CONTAINS A PROFANE GESTURE
Public workers clashed with police in the streets of Santiago on Thursday (November 10) as they demonstrated against salary adjustments presented by the government.
The demonstration was led by the National Association of Fiscal Employees (ANEF) who were joined by other workers' groups.
Demonstrators were sprayed with water cannon and there were isolated clashes between some protesters and police with riot shields as they marched through the capital city past government buildings.
Workers delivered a letter addressed to President Michelle Bachelet calling on a swift resolution to the stand-off over salaries for public workers.
Thursday's demonstration came two days after public workers were forcibly removed from Congress on Tuesday (November 7) during a protest over the same issue.
"Today, despite today's repression, despite the forced removal (from Congress) the day before yesterday, despite the threats of cuts, public workers have come here to this demonstration, this movement, because they are standing up and are not willing to give in or negotiate from their knees," the President of the National Association of Fiscal Employees, Raul de la Puente said.
The lower house of Congress on Tuesday rejected changes which would have led to a 3.2 percent rise in public sector salaries.
Public workers have called for immediate talks with the government to negotiate their salary and other issues.
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