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Thousands protest, clashing with police in Chile

A police water cannon sprays anti-government protesters using makeshift shields made from metal barrels during clashes with police in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (Photo by AP)

Thursday proved to be another day for violent clashes between protesters and police in Chile's capital Santiago, following overnight protests in the South American nation.

Police said Wednesday they had documented 348 serious incidents, including looting and attacks on police stations, from Tuesday into the early morning.

Twenty people have died and some 2,000 have been injured since the mostly peaceful demonstrations about inequality and other issues broke out on October 18.

Chileans are demanding a range of reforms and an overhaul of their dictatorship-era constitution.

Chile is one of the wealthiest countries in Latin America, but it is also one of the most unequal, with a swath of basic services privatized.

A student protest over rising subway fares Oct. 18 has grown into a broad movement demanding reforms to education, health care and pensions.

(Source: AP)

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