The ongoing protest movement in Chile has had success—the country’s constitution is expected to be rewritten as a concession from President Sebastien Pinera to demonstrators—but still faces a harsh crackdown from government security forces, who in a series of assaults Friday fired projectiles at crowds and crush one young man between two armored jeeps, causing him serious injury.
Twenty-year-old Oscar Ignacio Pérez Cortéz was pinned between two police jeeps—called by protesters zorrillos, or “skunks”—on Friday when one of the vehicles slammed the young man into the side of the other.
Footage from the attack shows outraged demonstrators attacking the zorrillos and tending to Pérez immediately after the assault.
“This video is terrifying,” said journalist Ben Norton.
The zorillo attack came during clashes between heavily armed police and unarmed demonstrators.
Pérez escaped death but sustained serious injuries including four pelvic fractures, a split urethra, and other damage.
“The first thing he said to my mother was ‘they did it on purpose,'” tweeted Pérez’s sister Valeria.
Pérez’s mother Maria Cortéz told author Ignacio Vidaurrázaga Manríquez that the police attack on her son was indicative of the state reaction to the protest movement.
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