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Death Toll in Chile Protests Rises to 18 as Human Rights Groups Allege Torture

HeadlineOct 24, 2019

In Chile, the death toll from anti-government protests has risen to 18 as concessions by President Sebastián Piñera failed to quell anger over rising inequality, the high cost of living and privatization. On Wednesday, a 4-year-old child and an adult were killed after an unidentified driver rammed a crowd of protesters in the city of San Pedro de la Paz. This comes amid mounting reports of brutality and torture by Chilean authorities. Chile’s National Institute of Human Rights says police or soldiers have killed at least five of the protesters.

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