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Unrest in Chile after Pinochet's death

india Updated: Dec 11, 2006 15:20 IST

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Chile's capital following the death of former president Augusto Pinochet.

According to the police, about 5,000 people took part in demonstrations across Santiago Sunday. Ten protestors, who were celebrating Pinochet's death, were detained and six policemen were injured in a clash with the demonstrators.

Pinochet, who came to power through a coup in 1973, died at the Military Hospital here Sunday, a week after suffering a heart attack. He will not be accorded a state funeral but will be buried with military honours.

The situation turned violent when police fired water cannons and tear gas on anti-Pinochet demonstrators who threw metal bars, stones and bottles and lit huge bonfires in retaliation.

Pinochet's supporters attacked vehicles passing by the Military Hospital with stones and police were deployed to restore order.