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Photo Report: Santiago commemorates the 2019 uprising

SANTIAGO – In various cities in Chile, crowds gathered on Monday to commemorate the beginning of the social uprising exactly two years ago. The biggest manifestation took place in the center of Santiago, on what protesters call Dignity Square. Chile Today’s Alisha Lubben was present to cover the march.

“Upon entering Plaza Italia this evening, bystanders were promptly greeted by lingering teargas, explosions of fireworks, and a street band playing “El Direcho de Vivir en Paz.” Despite the trash fires, broken glass, and looming threat of police action, there was a sense of peace and safety in the crowd. Chants echoed in the plaza as protestors waved flags atop the vestige of Gen. Manuel Baquedano’s statue. A makeshift mojito stand supplied a line of puffy and tear-filled patrons seeking respite from police gas cannons” – Alisha

 

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