Clashes in Chile

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION).

STORY: Chilean demonstrators clashed with police on the outskirts of Santiago as they marked the "Day of the Young Combatant" before dawn on Saturday (March 29).

Twenty six people were detained in the capital after riot police confronted demonstrators, and five were detained in other cities.

Riot police used tear gas to break up one gathering in Santiago.

Young protesters threw stones and molotov cocktails at police and created flaming barricades to block off early morning traffic.

A number of social organizations recognize March 29 in memory of two young brothers, Rafael and Eduardo Vergara Toledo, who were killed by police in a 1985 demonstration against the 1973-1990 Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

Local reports indicated a group of hooded students started bonfires in the Santiago neighborhoods of San Bernardo, La Pincoya, Pedro Aguirre Cerda and Villa Francia.

No injuries were reported.

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