Protesters in Chile burn university, loot church

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Around 75,000 people took to the streets in Santiago on Friday as part of ongoing anti-government protests in Chile.

Local press reported the mostly peaceful demonstration as the second largest since the protests broke out three weeks ago.

Hooded protesters also looted a Roman Catholic church in Santiago near the main site of the demonstration. They reportedly dragged statues of Jesus and furniture out onto the street and burned them.

In the photos above people loot a church during ongoing protest against the Government, at the Plaza Italia in Santiago, Chile.

Thousands gathered at Santiago’s Plaza Italia square where they chanted and held banners. Smoke billowed from the campus of a nearby university, where protesters started a fire.

Protests in Santiago
Thousands demonstrate during a new day of protests against the Government and demanding social improvements, in Santiago, Chile. EPA-EFE/Alberto Valdes

Police had previously set up barricades in front of the university to attempt to limit damage.

Via DW

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