Folks waving Chilean nationwide flags protest in opposition to unlawful migration in Iquique, Chile on 25 September 2021.
About 3 000 individuals marched on Saturday within the northern Chilean port metropolis of Iquique to protest the presence of undocumented Venezuelans, with some demonstrators struggling with migrants and a radical fringe setting fireplace to belongings at an empty immigrant camp.
The marching demonstrators shouted “No extra unlawful immigration” and sang the native anthem in addition to Chile’s nationwide anthem, warning that “Chile is a republic that will probably be revered.”
Police stepped in to interrupt up plenty of minor fights which they stated have been attributable to Chileans who attacked Venezuelan migrants dwelling on the road.
The protesters marched from Iquique’s outdated city about 10 blocks to the Pacific Ocean the place lodges and flats line the seafront.
The migrants have scrambled across the metropolis since early Saturday to attempt to discover much less seen spots to camp, AFP journalists stated.
The demonstration befell a day after police evacuated a migrant camp that had existed for a yr within the city sq.. A lot of the migrants, poor and undocumented, are stranded within the metropolis, surviving on odd jobs with no method to attain the capital.
“The hundred households” who lived on the sq. “at the moment are wandering in varied public areas… they’re attempting to settle with their tents on the seashores” or within the metropolis’s industrial zone, stated Jose Miguel Carvajal, governor of the Tarapaca area the place Iquique is situated.
Some extra radical demonstrators went to a small camp arrange by some Venezuelan migrants – who weren’t there – and burned their few belongings: tents, mattresses, baggage, blankets and toys.
Chile is Latin America’s wealthiest nation by per capita requirements.
Venezuela, in the meantime, is in an unprecedented financial and political disaster that has led tens of millions of individuals to depart their nation, wealthy in oil sources however mismanaged and rife with dysfunction.
Venezuela’s nationwide foreign money, the bolivar, has misplaced 73% of its worth to the greenback to date this yr. Inflation is about 3 000%.
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