Chile: Journalist shot dead during May Day protests

Chile: Journalist shot dead during May Day protests

A journalist who was shot and injured in violence on the sidelines of May Day protests in Santiago, Chile died on Thursday, the hospital where she was being treated said, sparking protests and incidents.

“Francisca did not leave us. They killed her. With these words, we confirm the death of our dear Fran. We will miss you and we will do everything possible to tell the truth”, confirmed in another press release the media online community Signal 3 of La Victoria in which Francisca Sandoval, 30, collaborated.

During scuffles between people present on the sidelines of the rally and street traders, three people, two women and a man, were injured by firearms.

“We will not allow impunity”
Last week, three alleged perpetrators of the shooting were arrested and the one suspected of having shot the journalist was remanded in custody for manslaughter and illegal possession of a firearm.

Leftist President Gabriel Boric expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased. “We will not allow impunity” in this case, also tweeted the new head of state.

The news of the death prompted people to gather for vigils with candles and photos of Sandoval in several points of the capital.

Groups of people, their heads covered with hoods, also erected barricades and cut off traffic in Place d’Italie, the epicenter of the social movement since 2019, in the heart of Santiago.

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