A march honoring Pinochet victims in Santiago, Chile, was disrupted after hooded youths infiltrated some 30,000 demonstrators, inciting violence. RT’s Spanish channel crew was caught in the chaos as police fired tear gas.
RT correspondent Ignacio Jubilla and producer James Aristia were hurt when violence erupted at the event, which started peacefully, according to police. Jubilla described the actions of the police as "brutal" and "terrible" as officers tried to restore order.
He said the RT crew was near the tomb of Salvador Allende in
Santiago's General Cemetery when police began to violently
repress the peaceful demonstration.
“We were stuck there, we lost our cameraman,” Jubilla
recalled, adding that he had to "run into the middle of the
chaos without seeing anything" after tear gas got into his
Chilean police said they used tear gas and water cannons to disperse around 100 protesters who built barricades and started fires in the streets.
Eight demonstrators were arrested and at least one officer
received injuries during the clashes.
Police estimated that some 30,000 participants took part in the
march, which commemorated the 40th anniversary of the coup that
brought Dictator Augusto Pinochet to power on September 11, 1973,
ousting elected socialist president Salvador Allende from office.
Many of the demonstrators carried pictures of family members who
were killed or disappeared during the Pinochet rule which took
place between 1973 and 1990. Human rights organizations say that
more than 3,000 people were killed and 30,000 others imprisoned
and tortured under General Pinochet.
The Chilean dictator, who died in 2006, was never convicted for the crimes committed by his regime.