Chilean police have used water cannons against protesters in the capital Santiago as clashes erupted following a vigil in honor of the late journalist Francisca Sandoval.
She died after being shot on the sidelines of a trade union demonstration organized to mark International Workers’ Day on May Day.
Some groups have erected barricades and cut off traffic in Plaza de Italia, the epicenter of the so-called “social epidemic” protest movement since 2019, in the heart of Santiago.
Vigils were held in the capital, with candles and photos of the journalist.
During the May Day scuffles, a group of street vendors came out to confront protesters with gunfire that hit three people, but it was Sandoval who had the worst.
Chile is experiencing its worst public safety crisis, with a mix of vandalism and social protests, a rise in drug gangs in the country’s poorest sectors, and illegal possession of firearms.