Some people are pelting stones at buses and burning blockades as Santiago’s streets fill with tear gas. Protesters planned marches downtown, but the government has warned them to stay out, threatening to invoke Chile’s severe state security law against people who “incite the subversion of public order.”
Police Maj. Christian Kunstmann says one car has been set on fire and an officer was shot in the hand. Rock-throwing, hooded protesters are battling officers in tanks. Hospitals warn anyone not seriously ill to stay home.
The government says the strike could cost Chile $400 million in lost production.