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Anadolu Agency journalist injured in Chile protests

Covering protests in Chile, Yusuf Can Sarikaya injured in his chest by rubber bullet

Merve Gül Aydoğan Ağlarcı   | 03.03.2020
Anadolu Agency journalist injured in Chile protests

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An Anadolu Agency cameraman was wounded on Tuesday in Chile during clashes between police and demonstrators, who have been conducting anti-government rallies over the past few months. 

Covering the protests in the capital Santiago, Yusuf Can Sarikaya was injured in the chest when a rubber bullet fired by the police hit him at Italy Square.

Mass protest in Chile

CONCEPCION, CHILE - 02 MARCH: People stage a demonstration against Chilean President Sebastian Pinera's government in Concepcion, Chile on March 02, 2020 within "Super Monday" protests that launches a series of protests called for March in the mid of a 4 month old social crisis in the country. ( Cristobal Saavedra Vogel - Anadolu Agency )

Sarikaya received first aid at the scene.

Police clashed with demonstrators who gathered for anti-government protests in Santiago and different parts of the country.

In the capital, they used rubber bullet, tear gas and water cannon to disperse the protesters starting a fire around Italy Square.

The protests, which began in response to a now-suspended 4% transport fare hike, turned violent on Oct. 19, with at least 23 people killed.

According to the National Institute of Human Rights, more than 6,000 people have been arrested and 2,400 others, including 241 eye injuries, wounded over the past month.

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