Government Buildings Set on Fire After Police Murder of Street Performer in Panguipulli, Chile

Published February 8, 2021

Government Buildings Set on Fire After Police Murder of Street Performer in Panguipulli, Chile

A police station, municipality building, and other government buildings were set on fire by militants in response to the police murder of street juggler Francisco Martínez in Panguipulli on February 5.

The buildings of the Correos de Chile (Post Office), the Local Police Court, the Civil Registry and the Essal (water utility) office were all also attacked in the uprising.

The flames completely burned down the municipal building.

After the murder of the young juggler, a series of protests broke out in the commune of the Los Ríos region. The demonstrations began at the front of the Fifth Police Station of Panguipulli and spread to other parts of the city, becoming several sources of fires.

The murder took place on Friday in Panguipulli, a lakeside resort town around 800km south of the capital Santiago, prompting hundreds to take to the streets in protest.

Some militants erected burning barricades and threw rocks at police, while public buildings, including the municipal headquarters, were set on fire.