Chilean Protesters Repelled By Riot Police at Presidential Speech

Police in Chile are launching water cannons and tear gas to repel protesters trying to get past a barrier as President Michelle Bachelet speaks to the nation.
Officers halted marchers several blocks from the Congress building in the port city of Valparaiso, about 66 miles northwest of Santiago.
Most of the crowd demonstrated peacefully, though some masked protesters set barricades ablaze in the street and vandalized nearby businesses.
The speech is a Naval Day tradition for Chile as the president addresses the nation on the holiday.
This year it comes at a time when Chileans are increasingly fed up with politicians amid several scandals.
Bachelet's approval rating is hovering around 30 percent.



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