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Venezuelan migrants in Chile's north fearful after fiery anti-immigration protests

Demonstrators burn the belongings of Venezuelan migrants at a makeshift camp in a public square during a rally against migration in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. Venezuelan migrants in Iquique in northern Chile have been shaken by a series of angry protests by locals against settler camps which have popped up in city squares and even beaches, a reflection of simmering tensions over migration in the region.

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Demonstrators burn the belongings of Venezuelan migrants at a makeshift camp in a public square during a rally against migration in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. Venezuelan migrants in Iquique in northern Chile have been shaken by a series of...more

Demonstrators burn the belongings of Venezuelan migrants at a makeshift camp in a public square during a rally against migration in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. Venezuelan migrants in Iquique in northern Chile have been shaken by a series of angry protests by locals against settler camps which have popped up in city squares and even beaches, a reflection of simmering tensions over migration in the region. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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A Venezuelan migrant child raises her hand in front of the police as the migrants are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. On the weekend thousands of local Chileans marched with anti-immigration slogans and set fire to belongings of Venezuelan migrants, tossing clothes and mattresses in bonfires in the street, after a camp was cleared by police on Friday.

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A Venezuelan migrant child raises her hand in front of the police as the migrants are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. On the weekend thousands of local Chileans marched with...more

A Venezuelan migrant child raises her hand in front of the police as the migrants are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. On the weekend thousands of local Chileans marched with anti-immigration slogans and set fire to belongings of Venezuelan migrants, tossing clothes and mattresses in bonfires in the street, after a camp was cleared by police on Friday. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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Chilean demonstrators with national flags and a placard that reads: "No more illegals" take part in a rally against the migrants in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. "They yell at us, 'Go back to your country. What are you doing here?' They yell at us a lot of ugly things," said Jaqueline Rojas, a Venezuelan in the city. "It makes us sad, because the truth is that we are not all the same. There are some people who come to do bad things and others who come to look for work. I am going south to look for work, with my daughter and my brother."

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Chilean demonstrators with national flags and a placard that reads: "No more illegals" take part in a rally against the migrants in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. "They yell at us, 'Go back to your country. What are you doing here?' They yell at...more

Chilean demonstrators with national flags and a placard that reads: "No more illegals" take part in a rally against the migrants in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. "They yell at us, 'Go back to your country. What are you doing here?' They yell at us a lot of ugly things," said Jaqueline Rojas, a Venezuelan in the city. "It makes us sad, because the truth is that we are not all the same. There are some people who come to do bad things and others who come to look for work. I am going south to look for work, with my daughter and my brother." REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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Demonstrators destroy the belongings of Venezuelan migrants at a makeshift camp in a public square during a rally against the migration in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. Despite pandemic restrictions, many migrants from Venezuela and elsewhere keep trying to reach Chile, one of the wealthiest countries in the region, which has been rocked in recent years by protests over entrenched inequality.

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Demonstrators destroy the belongings of Venezuelan migrants at a makeshift camp in a public square during a rally against the migration in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. Despite pandemic restrictions, many migrants from Venezuela and elsewhere...more

Demonstrators destroy the belongings of Venezuelan migrants at a makeshift camp in a public square during a rally against the migration in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. Despite pandemic restrictions, many migrants from Venezuela and elsewhere keep trying to reach Chile, one of the wealthiest countries in the region, which has been rocked in recent years by protests over entrenched inequality. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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A Venezuelan migrant woman lies on the ground after confronting the police as they are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. In the coastal city of Iquique, more than 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) north of Santiago, hundreds of migrants had settled in tents in a city square last week, while deciding their final destination, often the country's capital.

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A Venezuelan migrant woman lies on the ground after confronting the police as they are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. In the coastal city of Iquique, more than 1,400 kilometers (870...more

A Venezuelan migrant woman lies on the ground after confronting the police as they are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. In the coastal city of Iquique, more than 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) north of Santiago, hundreds of migrants had settled in tents in a city square last week, while deciding their final destination, often the country's capital. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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Venezuelan migrants sit on a staircase next to the ocean after their camp was destroyed during violent anti-immigration protests, in Iquique, Chile, September 27, 2021. "This is better than being in Venezuela. Venezuela you have your home and everything you want, but you don't have means to feed your children, dress them, or give them a good education," Wendy González, leader of a makeshift camp, said last week.

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Venezuelan migrants sit on a staircase next to the ocean after their camp was destroyed during violent anti-immigration protests, in Iquique, Chile, September 27, 2021. "This is better than being in Venezuela. Venezuela you have your home and...more

Venezuelan migrants sit on a staircase next to the ocean after their camp was destroyed during violent anti-immigration protests, in Iquique, Chile, September 27, 2021. "This is better than being in Venezuela. Venezuela you have your home and everything you want, but you don't have means to feed your children, dress them, or give them a good education," Wendy González, leader of a makeshift camp, said last week. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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Venezuelan migrants clash with police as they are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. In an operation on Friday, local police carried out evictions on the square. The Chilean government has been carrying out controversial expulsions of illegal immigrants in an attempt to discourage the arrival of new waves of families.

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Venezuelan migrants clash with police as they are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. In an operation on Friday, local police carried out evictions on the square. The Chilean government has...more

Venezuelan migrants clash with police as they are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. In an operation on Friday, local police carried out evictions on the square. The Chilean government has been carrying out controversial expulsions of illegal immigrants in an attempt to discourage the arrival of new waves of families. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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Venezuelan migrants walk along a street after their camp was destroyed during violent anti-immigration protests, in Iquique, Chile, September 27, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Venezuelan migrants walk along a street after their camp was destroyed during violent anti-immigration protests, in Iquique, Chile, September 27, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Venezuelan migrants walk along a street after their camp was destroyed during violent anti-immigration protests, in Iquique, Chile, September 27, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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A woman Venezuelan migrant is seen at a makeshift camp in a public square in Iquique, Chile, September 27, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

A woman Venezuelan migrant is seen at a makeshift camp in a public square in Iquique, Chile, September 27, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

A woman Venezuelan migrant is seen at a makeshift camp in a public square in Iquique, Chile, September 27, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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Chilean demonstrators take part in a rally against the migrants in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. Juana Rodriguez, a Chilean resident in Iquique, said many locals felt anger over jobs and alleged that migrants to the country were simply asking for handouts. The marches, mainly on Saturday, gathered an estimated 5,000 Chileans with placards reading "No more migrants." Protesters demanded that authorities take measures to stop the entry of migrants across Chile's northern border.

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Chilean demonstrators take part in a rally against the migrants in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. Juana Rodriguez, a Chilean resident in Iquique, said many locals felt anger over jobs and alleged that migrants to the country were simply asking...more

Chilean demonstrators take part in a rally against the migrants in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. Juana Rodriguez, a Chilean resident in Iquique, said many locals felt anger over jobs and alleged that migrants to the country were simply asking for handouts. The marches, mainly on Saturday, gathered an estimated 5,000 Chileans with placards reading "No more migrants." Protesters demanded that authorities take measures to stop the entry of migrants across Chile's northern border. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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A Venezuelan migrant boy looks at the police from his tent as Venezuelan migrants are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

A Venezuelan migrant boy looks at the police from his tent as Venezuelan migrants are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

A Venezuelan migrant boy looks at the police from his tent as Venezuelan migrants are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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Demonstrators shout slogans during a rally against the migrants in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Demonstrators shout slogans during a rally against the migrants in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Demonstrators shout slogans during a rally against the migrants in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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Demonstrators burn the belongings of Venezuelan migrants at a makeshift camp in a public square during a rally against the migration in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Demonstrators burn the belongings of Venezuelan migrants at a makeshift camp in a public square during a rally against the migration in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Demonstrators burn the belongings of Venezuelan migrants at a makeshift camp in a public square during a rally against the migration in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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Venezuelan migrants are protected by the Chilean police as demonstrators take part in a rally against the migrants in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Venezuelan migrants are protected by the Chilean police as demonstrators take part in a rally against the migrants in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Venezuelan migrants are protected by the Chilean police as demonstrators take part in a rally against the migrants in Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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Demonstrators throw the belongings of Venezuelan migrants out of a makeshift camp in a public square, during a rally against the migration in the city of Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Demonstrators throw the belongings of Venezuelan migrants out of a makeshift camp in a public square, during a rally against the migration in the city of Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Demonstrators throw the belongings of Venezuelan migrants out of a makeshift camp in a public square, during a rally against the migration in the city of Iquique, Chile, September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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Venezuelan migrants draw water from a sewer as they are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Venezuelan migrants draw water from a sewer as they are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Venezuelan migrants draw water from a sewer as they are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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Venezuelan migrants clash with police as they are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Venezuelan migrants clash with police as they are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Venezuelan migrants clash with police as they are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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Venezuelan migrant take down their tents in a public square during their eviction by the police in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Venezuelan migrant take down their tents in a public square during their eviction by the police in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Venezuelan migrant take down their tents in a public square during their eviction by the police in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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A Venezuelan migrant takes down a tent in a public square during their eviction by riot police in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

A Venezuelan migrant takes down a tent in a public square during their eviction by riot police in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

A Venezuelan migrant takes down a tent in a public square during their eviction by riot police in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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Venezuelan migrants clash with police as they are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Venezuelan migrants clash with police as they are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Venezuelan migrants clash with police as they are being evicted from their camp, set up at a public square, in Iquique, Chile, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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A makeshift camp housing Venezuelan migrants are seen in a public square in Iquique, Chile, September 27, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

A makeshift camp housing Venezuelan migrants are seen in a public square in Iquique, Chile, September 27, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

A makeshift camp housing Venezuelan migrants are seen in a public square in Iquique, Chile, September 27, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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Venezuelan migrants sit along a street next to the ocean after their camp was destroyed during violent anti-immigration protests, in Iquique, Chile, September 27, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Venezuelan migrants sit along a street next to the ocean after their camp was destroyed during violent anti-immigration protests, in Iquique, Chile, September 27, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz

Venezuelan migrants sit along a street next to the ocean after their camp was destroyed during violent anti-immigration protests, in Iquique, Chile, September 27, 2021. REUTERS/Alex Diaz
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