Although they initially followed COVID-19 physical distancing prevention measures, the military police violently lashed out at citizens in unsuccessful attempts to dissuade them from protesting against President Sebastian Piñera. The pretext for the police attack was that the rallies had more than 50 people.
"The arrests happened because protesters allegedly exceeded the '50-people limit' allowed for gatherings," local media Meganoticias reported immediately.
In Santiago, arrests became massive near Dignity Square and the Piñera's headquarters. In Valparaiso, where the Congress is located, most incidents occurred around Pinto Square.
There are no official data yet on the number of people detained, but Movilh Chile reported that the journalists were taken to the 19th Police Station.
Así fue la detención de la funcionaria de la #salud y Consejera Nacional CUT, Karen Palma, hace pocos minutos, mientras intentaba desplegar un lienzo en conmemoración del Día Internacional de las y los Trabajadores afuera de nuestra sede #1deMayopic.twitter.com/Rr8ODazCGH
This is how the Workers' Unitary Central (CUT) counselor and health officer Karen Palma was arrested a few minutes ago. She was trying to unfold an International Workers Day commemoration banner outside the CUT headquarters.
On Friday, the Workers' Unitary Central (CUT) president Barbara Figueroa denounced that the far-right Piñera administration continues to favor large employers.
"The feeling is one of deep uncertainty... When protection is most needed, the government imposes a law that shifts the full cost of the crisis to workers," she said.