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Four dead in a week as anti-government protests grow in Chile

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People wave flags during demonstrations at Plaza Baquedano, in Santiago, Chile, 15 November 2019. At least 20 people have died since the protest began over a hike in subway fares.

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Anti-government protests in Chile erupted last week, when the new wave of unrest resulted in four deaths.
A man has died of carbon monoxide poisoning after a supermarket was torched in Chile’s capital, Santiago. Another died of injuries sustained in clashes with police. Another man died after being hit by a hijacked bus and a football fan was killed when he was hit by a police van.
More than 30 people have died in the protests that started in October over a rise in metro fares, and had appeared to have calmed down during the summer, until the recent spike in violence.
The demonstrations have since evolved into discontent at inequality and the rejection of the government of billionaire president Sebastian Pinera, that they accuse of dictatorship. He promised to hold a referendum in April on changing the constitution.

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