For the past several weeks numerous public protests representing a variety of causes have taken place in Chile. This week alone, for instance, at least twenty students have gone on a hunger strike in order to seek reforms and improvements in the education system.
Among those who also protested in recent days are survivors of a deadly February 2010 earthquake and tidal wave. As we mentioned earlier this year, some residents in the affected Maule and Bio-Bio areas were disappointed at the perceived lack of government assistance and the slow pace of reconstruction.
The dissatisfaction came to a head in the town of Dichato that was nearly wiped out due to last year's tremor. As seen in the following video from a local TV network violence erupted between police and demonstrators several nights ago:
Negotiations between local officials and residents of Dichato are expected to continue this afternoon. In the meantime, clashes between authorities and protesters keep taking place in parts of Dichato.
Online Sources - La Tercera, noticias.123.cl, The Latin Americanist, DigitalJournal.com
Video Source - canal9digital via YouTube