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More Than a Million Turn Out as Protest Momentum Builds in Chile

  • Giant street march as Chileans rally against social injustices
  • Transport workers protest user-pay charges on urban highways
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More than a million people poured into Santiago’s public squares and thoroughfares on Friday afternoon in one of the biggest street protests ever seen in the Chilean capital.

Downtown areas such as the iconic Plaza Italia came alive with people, mainly student-age and twenty-somethings but also older people and families, waving flags and banners seeking better pay, pensions, health care and education. Many who participated in neighborhood protests earlier in the week joined the downtown demonstrations Friday, which were organized on social media via the hashtag #LaMarchaMasGrandeDeChile (Chile’s biggest march).