Chilean student protesters clash with police in rally against sexism
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Police clashed with student demonstrators in the streets of Chile’s capital Santiago on Tuesday (October 24), in a protest by university and high school students against sexism, sexual abuse and harassment.
During the demonstration, which authorities had not authorised, students held up signs that read: “I denounce” and “Sisterhood as the greatest weapon,” as they demonstrated in the capital’s Italy Square.
Inappropriate behaviour, lascivious looks and harassment are some of the accusations made by university students. Protesters said sexism and chauvinism are present in every day situations for women in Chile. Members of student councils demand strict protocols against sexual harassment and discrimination.
Protesters then lit torches and set fire to an effigy representing chauvinism. But heavily armoured police officers dispersed the crowd with water cannons, as protesters threw torches at police vehicles.