Chile: Human Rights March Ends with Police Repression

(TELESUR) – A march for human rights that commemorates the victims of the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) every September, ended Sunday with brutal police repression and riots in Chile’s capital Santiago.

Demonstrators gathered on Sunday morning to go to the capital’s General Cemetery, as part of a peace march called by the Chilean coordination of human rights organizations to mark the 46th anniversary of the coup d’état, and to hold a memorial to the disappeared and victims of Pinochet’s regime.

“We have spent our lives seeking justice; please tell us where are the disappeared detainees,” said demonstrators, stressing that one of their principal aims is to prevent the replication of human rights violations in the South American country.

Waving banners with photographs of the disappeared, the thousands of demonstrators shouted slogans asking “where are they?” “We won’t forget, we demand Justice,” and “yesterday’s impunity is at the root of today’s injustices.”

The mobilization, accompanied by a police contingent, went on peacefully until the security forces began to repress the protesters using tear gas and arresting people.