Students construct peace sign with 500 empty canisters that have been used against them by Caribineros.
Today protestors gathered at the government palace, La Moneda, to draw attention to the tactics to break up student demonstrations.
Riot police – known as “ninja turtles” for their khaki uniforms and body armour – often use tear gas to disperse public gatherings. On Thursday the 4th of August, so much gas was used to break up demonstrators – the majority of them high school students – that it infiltrated the metro system. By the evening an acrid cloud had enveloped the city that was visible for miles, illuminated by the flare of ever more canisters being fired.
Protestors have also set up a Facebook site, called NO more Teargas in Chile.