Human rights and left-wing groups are calling supporters to demonstrate outside La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago on December 10 at 10:00 (local time) to commemorate International Human Rights Day, and to protest against perceived police brutality. Furthermore, organizers are calling to demonstrate over the killing of Mapuche leader Camilo Cantillanca on November 14.
Although the event on December 10 is not likely to attract large turnouts, demonstrations are likely to turn unruly and could potentially devolve into violence. In recent weeks Chile has witnessed an uptick in violent incidents and protests triggered by the death of the Mapuche leader, who was killed during a security operation. While most violent incidents have transpired in southern parts of the country, the capital has not been spared from this trend. For instance, on November 23, during a protest to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, activists threw objects and Molotov cocktails at police, who subsequently evicted demonstrators forcefully near the city center.
Those operating or residing in Santiago on December 10 are advised to exercise vigilance in the city center, especially outside La Moneda Presidential Palace.