Water cannon & tear gas | Protests at anniversary of indigenous activist’s killing in Chile

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    Police officers used tear gas and water cannon as they tried to disperse protesters gathered to mark the 13th anniversary of the police killing of a Mapuche student activist in Santiago, Chile. Demonstrators were also bashing police vehicles with shields and other objects. Matias Catrileo was a 23-year-old member of the indigenous Mapuche community, who was shot dead by police while participating, with other indigenous activists, in the occupation of an estate belonging to Jorge Luchsinger, a Chilean landowner.

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    Chile, officially the Republic of Chile, is a country in western South America. It occupies a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Chile covers an area of 756,096 square kilometres (291,930 sq mi) and has a population of 17.5 million as of 2017. The capital and largest city is Santiago and the national language is Spanish.

    Chile borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Isla Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas, and Easter Island in Oceania. Chile also claims about 1,250,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi) of Antarctica under the Chilean Antarctic Territory.

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