Chile endures violent night amid nationwide strike

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's capital has been wracked by looting, attacks on police and the burning of cars and barricades as union members, students and government workers wage a nationwide strike for changes in government policies.

Authorities say 300 buses were damaged and a train car was set ablaze during the violence late Wednesday and early Thursday.

Deputy Interior Minister Rodrigo Ubilla says police have detained more than 450 people nationwide, and at least 42 people have been injured.

Most of the demonstrations have been peaceful during the two-day strike, which is scheduled to end at midnight Thursday.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)


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