Chile police fire tear gas at Indigenous protesters condemning Columbus Day

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A Mapuche Indian activist throws a barrier to a riot police vehicle during a protest against Columbus Day in Santiago October 12, 2014. This year marks the 522th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival to the Americas. Many indigenous people in Latin America consider it the day Columbus brought slavery, disease, colonisation and genocide from Europe to the Americas. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado A Mapuche Indian activist throws a barrier to a riot police vehicle during a protest against Columbus Day in Santiago October 12, 2014. This year marks the 522th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas. Many indigenous people in Latin America consider it the day Columbus brought slavery, disease, colonisation and genocide from Europe to the Americas. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

October 12, 2014

Chilean police fired tear gas and water cannon Sunday to break up thousands of indigenous protesters demanding land rights and condemning Columbus Day, after masked demonstrators began throwing stones.

The march in Santiago began festively, with demonstrators decked out in colorful clothing and playing traditional indigenous music from around the country.

But some protesters turned violent, throwing stones at police, who responded by firing water cannon and tear gas.

2014-10-12T191626Z_1147123458_GM1EAAD087F01_RTRMADP_3_CHILE-PROTEST Mapuche Indian activists clash with riot police during a protest against Columbus Day in Santiago October 12, 2014. 

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