- Title: Clashes break out at indigenous march in Santiago
- Date: 10th October 2016
- Summary: SANTIAGO, CHILE (OCTOBER 10, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF HOODED DEMONSTRATORS THROWING ROCKS AT THE POLICE POLICE ARRESTING A DEMONSTRATOR VARIOUS OF POLICE ATTEMPTING TO ARREST A DEMONSTRATOR VARIOUS OF POLICE HOLDING A DEMONSTRATOR AGAINST THE GROUND POLICE TAKING AN ARRESTED DEMONSTRATOR INTO POLICE CAR POLICE CAR ARRIVING TO DEMO WATER CANNON SHOOTING WATER AT DEMONSTRATORS GENERAL VIEW OF MARCH VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATORS MARCHING VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATORS PRESENTING ART WORK IN MARCH
- Embargoed: 25th October 2016 19:30
- Keywords: Mapuches Mapuche Resistance Day Spain
- Location: SANTIAGO, CHILE
- City: SANTIAGO, CHILE
- Country: Chile
- Topics: Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA00153FCBIB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Clashes broke out between Chilean police and protesters on Monday (October 10) at what began as a peaceful demonstration led by indigenous Mapuche communities demanding the recovery of historic lands and the release of prisoners they say are held for political reasons.
Some protesters covered their faces and threw objects at the police who in turn used water cannon and tear gas to disperse the crowds.
The demonstration began around 11.30 a.m. (1430 G.M.T) in Italia square in Santiago, led by communities marking Mapuche Resistance Day which is officially commemorated on October 12.
More than 3,000 people demonstrated, according to authorities.
October 12 marks for the Mapuche community the beginning of the extermination of indigenous people in Chile at the hands of Spanish colonisers in 1492, with 2015 marking 523 years from the incident.
Particular demands include the demilitarisation of what the Mapuche people claim to be ancestral lands in the La Araucania region, and the release of several imprisoned community leaders.
Demonstrators also called for the release of Francisca Linconao Machi who is being held and investigated for suspected ties to the 2013 arson attack that killed elderly couple Werner Luchsinger and Vivian MacKay.
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