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Sun Feb 7, 2021, 08:01 PM

Protests erupt in Chile after police fatally shoot street juggler

Protests have broken out and municipal buildings were set on fire in southern Chile after police shot dead a street performer, prompting an emergency government meeting.

The shooting took place on Friday in Panguipulli, a popular lakeside resort around 500 miles south of the capital Santiago, prompting hundreds to take to the streets in protest.

The juggler - Francisco Martínez Romero, 27 - had refused to cooperate with a police search by two uniformed men, the AFP news agency reported.

Some protesters erected burning barricades and threw rocks at police, while public buildings - including the city hall - were set on fire.

Chilean police have detained the officer involved in the shooting while their investigation proceeds, according to officials.

The Chilean government has ordered police to hand over all records of the incident to the Public Ministry, which has launched an investigation.

At: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/6/chile-protests-erupt-police-shooting-of-street-juggler

News report of the aftermath of Friday's fatal police shooting of a 27 year-old street juggler in Panguipulli, Chile.

Wider protests since late 2019 have put the country’s Carabinero militarized police force under intense scrutiny - with local and international watchdog groups alleging excessive use of force and human rights violations.

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