Photos: Chileans protest over food shortages amid coronavirus lockdown

Police and protesters clashed in Santiago, Chile, on May 18 amid a city-wide lockdown meant to stem the spread of the coronavirus as local officials warned that food shortages had hit the poorest neighbourhood of the capital´s El Bosque locality. The city district has been under quarantine since mid-April.

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Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against the Chilean government amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Santiago on May 18. The protest erupted due to shortages in food and employment in one of the Chilean capital´s poorest neighbourhoods. (Pablo Rojas / AFP)

Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against the Chilean government amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Santiago on May 18. The protest erupted due to shortages in food and employment in one of the Chilean capital´s poorest neighbourhoods. (Pablo Rojas / AFP)

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A group of protesters threw rocks, shouted and burned piles of wood along a street in the destitute neighbourhood on Santiago’s southern fringe. (Pablo Rojas / AFP)

A group of protesters threw rocks, shouted and burned piles of wood along a street in the destitute neighbourhood on Santiago’s southern fringe. (Pablo Rojas / AFP)

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Demonstrators take cover after water cannons were launched at them. The municipality said in a statement that families were going hungry in the poorest sectors of El Bosque, a neighbourhood where many work informally, or not at all -- reported Reuters. (AP / PTI)

Demonstrators take cover after water cannons were launched at them. The municipality said in a statement that families were going hungry in the poorest sectors of El Bosque, a neighbourhood where many work informally, or not at all -- reported Reuters. (AP / PTI)

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Graffiti is painted on a sculpture covered by a face mask in front of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Fine Arts Museum). Santiago is one of Latin America´s most prosperous cities, but a stark rich-poor divide and a growing sense of inequality prompted mass protests in late 2019. (Ivan Alvarado / REUTERS)

Graffiti is painted on a sculpture covered by a face mask in front of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Fine Arts Museum). Santiago is one of Latin America´s most prosperous cities, but a stark rich-poor divide and a growing sense of inequality prompted mass protests in late 2019. (Ivan Alvarado / REUTERS)

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Riot police hold shields along a street littered with stones during the clashes. Chile has already announced a massive stimulus package worth nearly 7% of gross domestic product to ease the economic impact of the pandemic, although opposition leaders and social groups have criticised the package as inadequate. (Ivan Alvarado / REUTERS)

Riot police hold shields along a street littered with stones during the clashes. Chile has already announced a massive stimulus package worth nearly 7% of gross domestic product to ease the economic impact of the pandemic, although opposition leaders and social groups have criticised the package as inadequate. (Ivan Alvarado / REUTERS)

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A woman is detained during the protest. Many of the demands lodged by protesters last year, from increased pensions to higher pay remain unresolved. (Ivan Alvarado / REUTERS)

A woman is detained during the protest. Many of the demands lodged by protesters last year, from increased pensions to higher pay remain unresolved. (Ivan Alvarado / REUTERS)

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‘Love locks’ are seen on a bridge, with downtown Santiago in the background. Chile surpassed 40,000 cases of the new coronavirus last week amid a sharp spike in infections that has seen hospitals approach collapse in the weeks ahead of the Southern Hemisphere winter. (Ivan Alvarado / REUTERS)

‘Love locks’ are seen on a bridge, with downtown Santiago in the background. Chile surpassed 40,000 cases of the new coronavirus last week amid a sharp spike in infections that has seen hospitals approach collapse in the weeks ahead of the Southern Hemisphere winter. (Ivan Alvarado / REUTERS)

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Pigeons are seen in front of the headquarters of Chilean post office at downtown Santiago. According to COVID-19 tracker Worldometer, Chile has reported 46,059 cases and 478 deaths. (Ivan Alvarado / REUTERS)

Pigeons are seen in front of the headquarters of Chilean post office at downtown Santiago. According to COVID-19 tracker Worldometer, Chile has reported 46,059 cases and 478 deaths. (Ivan Alvarado / REUTERS)

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