SANTIAGO – At least 86 people were arrested in Chile on Saturday following demonstrations called by the CUT labor federation on International Workers’ Day, police said.
According to police Col. Miguel Angel Castro, his men had to use tear gas and a cistern truck to disperse a group of people bent on creating disturbances.
“During the event there were no great complications, but when it was over, a large group of people began to cover their faces to cause disorder, so we intervened and arrested 86 people,” he said.
Castro also said that before the ceremony began, seven people were arrested for carrying knives, another three for having Molotov cocktails and nine for drugs.
Though the event organizers had estimated a turnout of some 40,000 people, only about 8,000 attended the ceremony, according to police estimates.
International Workers’ Day was celebrated in a number of cities around Chile, though attendance was not massive and no incidents were reported.
Big May Day demonstrations were held across Latin America on Saturday.