Chile: Nationwide strikes and protests turn violent

Posted on July 12, 2013 • Filed under: Chile, Civil Unrest, Tourist Warning

The Washington Post reports that Chile’s largest labor union called a nationwide strike on Thursday to demand improved labor conditions and tax reform, but officials said only a small percentage of workers participated. Small groups of hooded protesters set up flaming barricades ahead of the strike, blocking morning traffic. They also threw firebombs and torched a public transit bus in the capital Santiago. Police arrested 67 people, and six officers were injured in clashes with demonstrators. Read article

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