TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Police in Santiago fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters, who gathered in Italy Square on Friday for a demonstration against the government of Sebastian Pinera.

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The rally came as a Chilean police officer appeared for the first time in court for firing a buckshot in the eye of a protester causing severe injury.

Chile has been rocked by nation-wide protests since October, which were triggered a now-withdrawn increase in subway fares. Social discontent has been fueled by frustration with President Sebastian Pinera’s policies and growing inequality.