Thousands gather in main protest square in Chile capital | AFP

Thousands of people gather in Plaza Italia square and surrounding streets, the historical epicenter of Chilean demonstrations in the capital, as the protest movement now in its thirteenth week, continues to put pressure on the government of President Sebastian Pinera. IMAGES

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Chile gives transgender community official recognition | AFP

“Now I can say it openly, be visible”: Andy Gonzalez reacts after a recently introduced law on gender identity allows Chilean transgenders to receive official documents that matches how they identify.

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Smoke from the Australian fires arrives in Chile and Argentina | AFP

Smoke from the Austrialian fires was seen in Chile and Argentina with a faint cloud that traveled more than 12,000 kilometers to the heights of South America, without generating harmful effects on the health of its inhabitants, says the Meteorological Directorate in Santiago.

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Tear gas, water tanks and violence in Chile demonstration | AFP

Chileans demonstrate against President Sebastian PiΓ±era’s government in what they called “The last march of the year”. The demonstration was not authorized and protesters were dispersed with water tanks and tear gas.

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Forest fires in Chile’s Valparaiso leave people homeless on Christmas | AFP

Aerial images of damage caused by forest fire in the Chilean tourist port city of Valparaiso. More than 245 houses have been destroyed, nearly 2,000 people are without electricity and 12 firefighters have been injured.

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Chile: red alert and over 150 houses destroyed by fires in Valparaiso | AFP

Some 150 houses have been destroyed, nearly 2,000 people are without electricity and 12 firefighters have been injured in an ongoing voracious forest fire that affects the tourist Chilean port of Valparaiso. ++ ATTN CLIENT COMPLETE VIDI1NB0EJ_EN ++

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Brazil’s sparkling-wine producers carve a growing niche | AFP

Brazil’s wine production is far smaller than that of Argentina or Chile, but the southern part of the country is a sort of oasis for grape production owing to its cool climate and favorable growing conditions. The area has increasingly specialized in the production of sparkling and Champagne-style wines.

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Unesco’s Valparaiso bears the scars of recent protests in Chile | AFP

Commercial premises burned and looted; broken glass, showcases covered with metal panels, the port of Valparaiso, cultural heritage of humanity of Unesco, shows the wounds of social protests that extends for almost two months in Chile.

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Over 1,000 women take feminist anthem to Chile’s streets | AFP

More than a thousand women have take the feminist anthem “A Rapist In Your Way” into the streets of Chile’s capital Santiago, performing the rallying cry sung in cities across the globe.

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AFPTV looks back at two months of crisis in Chile | AFP

Chile marks two months since the outbreak of the country’s worst civil unrest in decades, in which furious Chileans protested for weeks against social and economic inequality, leading to 26 deaths and more than 12,000 injuries, according to the Organization of American States, with another 20,600 people detained. IMAGES

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Two months on: Police and protesters continue to clash in Santiago | AFP

Two months after the beginning of violent protests in Chile, demonstrators try to gather in Santiago only to be faced with police dispersing them with tear gas and water cannons.

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UN probe slams ‘repressive’ police response to Chile protests | AFP

Chilean police responded to recent mass protests in “a fundamentally repressive manner”, UN investigator says. SOUNDBITE of Imma Guerras-Delgado, mission chief in Chile for UN Human rights High Commissioner Office

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This Chilean Anti-Rape Song Is Now a Viral Feminist Anthem

A song penned by Lastesis, a feminist theater group in Chile, has gone incredibly viral.

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Relatives in Chile wait for information on missing plane | AFP

Dozens of relatives wait at a military base in Chile’s capital for information on a Chilean Air Force plane that went missing with 38 people aboard, after departing from the southern city of Punta Arenas en route to Chile’s Antarctic base of Eduardo Frei. IMAGES

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Chilean demonstrators hit the streets of the capital again | AFP

Thousands of Chileans take the streets again in Santiago to protest social and economic inequality and against an entrenched political elite that comes from a small number of the country’s wealthiest families, among other issues. Some climate change protesters also join this rally after the country delays its emissions goal boost at its own UN climate talks taking place in Madrid. Protests in Chile initially erupted in mid-October over metro fare hikes but quickly escalated into the most severe outbreak of social unrest since the end of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in 1990. IMAGES

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Hundreds of Chilean women perform viral song against gender violence | AFP

Women in Chile’s capital gather to sing a song against gender violence. The song, which has gone viral, originated in the country in the midst of the ongoing social crisis.

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Chilean women sing viral song against spiral of gender violence | AFP

Women in Chile’s capital gather to sing a song against gender violence. The song, which has gone viral, originated in this country in the midst of the ongoing social crisis. IMAGES

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Residents of the ‘Chilean Chernobyl’ warn of pollution, poisoning | AFP

Five decades after Chile allowed the installation of an industrial zone on its central coast, about an hour north of port city Valparaiso, residents of the area — which Greenpeace has nicknamed the “Chilean Chernobyl” — complain of intoxication, pollution, and sickness.

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Chile students jump subway turnstiles as crisis continues | AFP

High school students jump Santiago subway turnstiles, at the Los Heroes station, a move that ignited social unrest in Chile more than a month ago. IMAGES

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