Wednesday, October 27

“The vast majority of Chile does not share the xenophobic and racist violence of the group that burned the belongings of migrants”

  • Fernanda Paul
  • BBC News World


Image source, Getty Images


The demonstration, called “No + migrants”, brought together some 5,000 people who expressed their rejection of the migratory wave that has filled some public spaces in Iquique.

It was a devastating image that went around the world.

Mattresses, blankets, clothing, children’s toys and even diapers belonging to a group of Venezuelans were burned this Saturday in the city of Iquique, in northern Chile, as part of a demonstration against migrants.

The attack, described as xenophobic, generated a strong controversy in the midst of a delicate situation in some Chilean cities after the strong increase in undocumented foreigners who are arriving in this South American country.

Most migrants arrive from Venezuela or Haiti Looking for an opportunity, but faced with the impossibility of regularizing their situation, added to the lack of work and a failed social inclusion, they end up living in makeshift camps on the streets.

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