Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:40
Nocturnal disturbances leave one policeman dead and 20 injured.
After a day of contentious yet peaceful demonstrations
, the 39th anniversary of the Chile’s 1973 coup d’état
saw a violent end Tuesday night as instigators blocked roads, looted stores, caused power outages and burned vehicles and buildings. The night’s events resulted in 255 arrests in the Santiago Metropolitan Region, the injury of 20 police officers and the death of Corporal Cristián Martínez.
Martínez, 27, died from injuries after being reportedly shot while trying to stop the attempted looting of a supermarket in northern Santiago. Although he was reported to be wearing a bulletproof vest at the time, Martínez died before arriving at the hospital. Chile's uniformed police force, the carabineros, detained a 16-year-old boy, who has been identified only by the name "the Rat," for the murder.
Wednesday morning, Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter received Sen. Alberto Espina to discuss the violent events that took place the night before. Espina spoke to the press and condemned the violence by calling the vandals “cowardly murders that cover their faces at night.”
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Sumy is studying at Westminster University, in London, UK. Having lived all over the world has sparked a strong interest in international journalism, with a particular passion for South America. She has written for music and travel magazines, but her main goal is to report on current affairs, both foreign and national.