Chile Protests: Officer arrested for throwing boy off bridge during protest in Chile

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Videos purported to show the incident at an anti-government protest in the capital Santiago have gone viral in Chile, sparking anger and a new round of protests over the weekend. The footage appeared to show a scuffle before the 16-year-old fell headfirst onto the side of the bridge.

The prosecutor’s office also said the officer involved “abandoned the victim” and “gave false information to the prosecution”.

But officer Nubia Vivanco’s lawyer dismissed the charges in a hearing on Sunday, saying the officer followed protocol and the teenager tried to escape.

Enrique Monrás, police chief for the Santiago region where the incident occurred, said the teenager lost his balance and fell, and the officer immediately notified emergency services.

The boy was injured in the fall in the Mapocho River in Santiago and was admitted to a medical center, Reuters reported.

Protests were taking place in the city ahead of Chile’s Oct. 25 national plebiscite, which will determine whether the country will move away from its current Pinochet-era constitution.

The Chilean government said on Saturday it had ordered an investigation into the matter and that the officer involved would be removed from his post while it was executed.

A rally was held in Santiago that day in response to the incident, with protesters demanding the arrest of the officer involved.

CNN’s Hande Atay Alam and CNNE’s Florencia Trucco and Christopher Ulloa contributed reporting

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