Police Church in Santiago Burned Down

Published January 9, 2020

Police Church in Santiago Burned Down

A church dedicated to Chilean police religious services was burned down on Friday, January 3, during the first demonstration of the year in Chile.

Located near Plaza Italia in Santiago, the epicenter of most of the protests that erupted in October, the church of San Francisco de Borja was set on fire by a group of people wearing hoods.

Built in 1876, the church has been dedicated to the police for over 40 years.

Protesters removed furniture from inside the building and set fire to large barricades outside.

Groups of people clashed with police around the church, while in other parts of the city protesters rose up against the right-wing government of President Sebastián Piñera.