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    Police Use Tear Gas Against Demonstrators in Central Santiago, Rally Continues

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    SANTIAGO, November 16 (Sputnik) – Chilean police have used tear gas to disperse protesters in central Santiago, media reported, adding that despite this, the rally continued on unabated.

    Several hundred people have gathered on Plaza Italia Square in the centre of the Chilean capital, with many protesters wearing masks or respirators.

    The manifestation was peaceful. Young people, who gathered there danced and played drums.

    However, close to the square, demonstrators burned garbage and parts of trees. Black smoke from the fires could be seen across the area. 

    On the road to the square, reporters noted a lot of people selling devices for protection from tear gas, water, and lemon juice, which is believed to help soothe skin irritated by tear gas.

    The rallies in Chile, which began in October, were caused by a spike in transportation costs. They subsequently led to larger protests against economic and social policies and resulted in unrest.

    The situation has led to the cancellation of an APEC summit and COP25 climate forum, which were planned to be hosted by Santiago.

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