Police and Protesters Clash During Mapuche Demonstration in Chile.

Police in Chile clash with protesters, the former with water cannons and tear gas and the latter with fireworks, during a "Day of the Race" demonstration by members of the Mapuche community, Santiago, Sunday, October 10.

The incident between protesters and police saw at least 10 arrested and 18 injured during a march in favor of the Mapuche people, the largest ethnic group in Chile.

The "March for Mapuche Resistance and Autonomy of the Peoples," convened through social networks, gathered about a thousand people near Plaza Italia, in the center of the Chilean capital.

When the march was moving toward Alameda, Santiago's main avenue, the Chilean police dispersed the protest with a strong contingent of troops supported with water and gas launchers.

During the march, posters such as "Wallmapu (Mapuche territory) free" or "they will not stop our legitimate struggle" were observed, alluding to the historical conflict that the aboriginal people have with the Chilean State. The aboriginal people demand the restitution of land in the south of the country that it considers its own by ancestral right and that were handed over to private parties, mainly to foresters.

The Mapuche territorial claim and the need for recognition by the Chilean state gained strength in the protests after the social outbreak of October 2019 in Chile. (AFP)

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