Thousand of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Santiago on Friday, to demand social reform in Chile.

Protesters gathered in central Plaza Italia - called 'Plaza de la Dignidad' by protesters - where they faced off with riot police, who tried to disperse them with tear gas and water cannons.

Chile has been rocked by nation-wide protests since October, which were triggered by a now-withdrawn increase in subway fares. Social discontent has been fuelled by frustration with President Sebastian Pinera's policies and growing inequality.

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