Dramatic video captured the moment two riot police officers were set ablaze by Molotov cocktails thrown by protesters in Chile.
The two female members of the Carabineros police force were burned Monday while trying to quell the latest demonstration in the capital of Santiago, according to the UK’s Sun.
Local media identified the two women as Maria Hernandez Torres and Abigail Aburto Cardenas, both of whom were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after their colleagues rushed to extinguish the flames.
Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel, who visited the two cops at the hospital, condemned the “cowardly attack,” while Sen. Isabel Allende Bussi said on Twitter: “Defending human rights is also about rejecting this kind of behavior.
“I hope there will be many raised voices against this violence, burning and looting that does nothing to improve people’s quality of life,” she added.
Thousands of Chileans took to the streets Monday to demand better social services and demanded an end to economic inequality even as the government announced that weeks of demonstrations were hurting the country’s economic growth.
The latest protest came after a short break in the wave of protests in which 20 people have died in clashes amid looting and arson that forced the cancellation of two upcoming major international summits.
The demonstrations began last month after the government announced a hike in subway fares and transformed into a leaderless national movement with wider demands on education, health services and economic inequality.
Santiago’s subway system has said that it has sustained nearly $400 million in damages, while businesses across the country were estimated to have lost more than $1.4 billion in damages to arson, looting and lost sales.
The government said that at least six police officers were injured, including the two who were attacked and set afire with the incendiary bombs.
With Post wires
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