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Voice of America – English: Chileans Face Down Tear Gas and Water Cannon in Anti-Government Protest

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There were tense scenes in the streets of Santiago Friday, October 23, as protesters faced off with police just days before a referendum to decide on a new constitution for Chile. 

Riot police used tear gas and a water cannon to control the crowd out on the street.  

These protests began a little over a year ago to call for reforms to the pension, healthcare and education systems. 

A new constitution was a central demand that emerged from the protests with Chileans expected to turn out in the millions Sunday, October 25, to cast their vote in the referendum. 


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