Monday, 10 September 2012 20:13
Thousands attend gathering in Santiago’s Central Cemetery but clashes with police overshadow event.
A procession to mark the 39th anniversary of Chile’s military coup turned violent Sunday after several “encapuchados,” or hooded vandals, reportedly clashed with police.
More than 5,000 people gathered in Santiago’s Central Cemetery at 11 a.m. Sunday to pay tribute to the victims of the 1973 military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, which came to power in a coup on Sept. 11, 1973.
Within minutes, dozens began launching projectiles at police, who responded with tear gas and water cannons.
The violence continued for about three hours, ending in 12 arrests and damage to several nearby buildings.
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