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Chile’s Interior Minister Greeted by Gunfire in Test for New President

  • Izkia Siches was unharmed and is continuing tour of the region
  • Government reaffirmed plans to end state of emergency
Interior Minister Izkia Siches

Interior Minister Izkia Siches

Photographer: Cristobal Olivares/Bloomberg

Chile’s new government will press ahead with plans to end a state of emergency in parts of the south marked by land disputes with indigenous groups even after the interior minister’s first visit there was marred by gunfire.

A convoy traveling near the community of Temucuicui was met by shots in the air, with no one injured and no damage to vehicles, spokeswoman Camila Vallejo told reporters on Tuesday. Interior Minister Izkia Siches later said that she was continuing her travels, and that “violence won’t stop us.”