Mapuche protest march in Santiago, Chile

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Mapuchi protestors marching through central Santiago. Photo: BBC News

Thousands of people marched to mark the five-year anniversary of the death of Matias Catrileo Quezada, a young Mapuche student who died after being shot in the back by police during a land dispute in southern Chile.

The policeman who killed Matias Catrileo Quezada was sentenced to 3 years in prison and there is still much anger in the Mapuche community over his death.

In recent years, the Mapuche, famed for their resistance to Spanish invaders five centuries ago, have renewed their ancestral land demands in a series of protests.

While the majority of the protest passed off peacefully, afterwards some shops and Spanish banks had windows smashed and were set on fire. Rocks and petrol bombs were also thrown, and the police responded with tear gas.

Around 15 people including some journalists were arrested by police.

Source: BBC News

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