Chileans torch buses, block streets in pensions protest
According to Rapportuer Report From , DPA , Link , The violence flared early Friday morning ahead of marches that drew almost 90,000 people to the streets across the country, including 15,000 in Santiago, according to figures from the Interior Ministry.
At least 87 people were arrested and seven police officers were injured in clashes with protesters, local media reported.
Luis Mesina, who as head of the No Mas AFP (No More Pension Fund Administrators) movement called the strike, disavowed the unrest but said it was a sign of the level of people's discontent.
The private pension system installed under former military dictator Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) promised subscribers 70 per cent of their salaries during retirement.
But the riches never materialized, and in fact the average workers' pension now falls below Chile's minimum wage of 257,500 pesos (about 385 dollars) per month.
President Michele Bachelet denounced the violence, saying on Twitter that it was "not the path for a national agreement" and praising instead peaceful marches the group has held since July.
The day of demonstrations was set to end with a "cacerolazo" - a noisy beating of pots and pans