SANTIAGO – For the second night in a row, lootings and arson attacks took place in various parts of Santiago. One man died in a fire in a looted supermarket in San Ramón district. At least six people were injured in clashes that have increased since a 37-year-old football fan died at the hands of police on Tuesday.
After several relatively calm weeks compared with the first months of social upheaval in Chile, violence seems to have taken the streets of cities across the country once again, especially in the capital.
Wednesday night was according to police extremely violent, and incidents were also reported on Thursday night across the city. Buses were set on fire, burning barricades were put up on several strategic points in the capital and supermarkets were looted.
In San Ramón district, a fire broke out in a looted Alvi supermarket. The fire killed one person, while two others sustained severe injuries and were taken to the hospital. In La Granja district, 20 people were arrested when trying to loot a Santa Isabel supermarket.
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The wave of violence that has taken parts of Santiago and other cities comes after the killing of 37-year-old football supporter Jorge Mora, who was run over by a police truck outside Monumental Stadium on Tuesday where he visited a match of Colo-Colo. Mora’s death caused nationwide outrage, as protesters see his death as yet another sign that Chilean police are taking little precautions to avoid victims when trying to restore order on the streets of Chile.
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