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01:10 26.10.2019 (updated 01:13 26.10.2019) Short URL

Chilean President Sebastían Piñera said he "heard the message" after about one million Chileans took to the streets on Friday.

"Today's multitudinous, joyful and peaceful march, in which Chileans call for a more just and supportive Chile, opens great paths of future and hope. We have all heard the message. We have all changed. way to this better Chile for all, "Piñera wrote in her Twitter account.

About one million people protested in the streets of Santiago, the capital, in the largest demonstration since the beginning of the demonstrations in the country.

Protesters wielded the country's flags and walked peacefully most of the time.

At some points, however, there was confrontation between some groups and the police. Protesters barricaded and set fire to one of the subway accesses. Security forces used gas pumps and water jets.

For about a week, Chile has been experiencing a wave of protests that began over the increase in subway passage but later targeted economic measures by the Piñera government.

The president has declared a state of emergency, deployed military personnel to patrol the streets, and major Chilean cities have curfew.

Since the demonstrations began 19 people have been killed.

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