Monday, November 11, 2019

Rally against excessive force in Chile

People gathered in Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto on Saturday, November 9, 2019 to raise awareness of the violations of Human Rights by the Chilean government. A UN statement on the matter says that "Violence can ‘never be the answer’: UN rights experts condemn excessive force during Chile protests". Some of the participants covered their eyes with patches as symbols of the large amount of Chilean protesters that have been blinded by rubber bullets.
“The high number of wounded and the way in which non-lethal weapons have been used, seem to indicate that the use of force was excessive and violated the requirements of necessity and proportionality," the seven experts maintained.

Protests in Chile began in October over increased public transit fares and have boiled over due to financial inequality in the South American country. As protests spread the government declared a state of emergency in some areas. Government forces have detained people and the number of dead and injured has climbed as force is used against the protesters.

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