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Protests Break Out in Chile After Police Shoot and Kill Street Performer

HeadlineFeb 08, 2021

In Chile, hundreds of protesters took to the streets Friday in response to the police killing of a street juggler in the southern city of Panguipulli. Demonstrators set 10 public offices on fire, including the municipal government building. The street performer, Francisco Martínez, had reportedly refused to comply with police orders to show his ID before they fatally shot him. Martínez was unarmed and was carrying only his juggling props. His loved ones paid tribute to Martínez and called for an end to police brutality at a gathering Saturday.

Adriana Seguel: “I don’t want any more madness. I don’t want any more murder. I don’t want young people to continue to be killed and to go without justice. Many young people have been murdered and raped, and there is no justice.”

Protests over the killing also broke out in the capital Santiago as nationwide demands for police reform continue.

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