Night of Violence in Chile Marks Coup's Anniversary

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Hundreds are detained in Chile after violence erupts on the anniversary of the 1973 military coup. The people are remembering their former president Salvador Allende.

Chilean authorities expressed concern on Monday following a day of violent clashes in the capital Santiago.

Violence broke out during a march commemorating a military coup that ended the rule of Marxist President Salvador Allende some 38 years ago.

Undersecretary Interior Minister Rodrigo Ubilla said that at least 280 people had been detained since Saturday night and 40 policemen were wounded during the demonstrations.

Five civilians were also wounded in the clashes, including 15-year-old, who was shot in the thorax and is in serious condition in hospital.

Ubilla said violence was becoming routine on the military coup anniversary.

[Rodrigo Ubilla, Undersecretary Interior Minister]:
"We have gotten used to these groups, the underclass, causing damage, as I said, to people and properties every September 11."

Sunday's march is held annually to commemorate Salvador Allende.

He was 65 when he died and has since been venerated by the left as a champion of the downtrodden.

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