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Investigations open after Chilean photojournalist murder

INVESTIGATIONS are under way following the brutal murder of Chilean photojournalist Albertina Martinez Burgos, who was found dead in her Santiago home last Thursday.

She had been beaten and stabbed, while her recent photographs were stolen during the attack.

Ms Burgos had documented government repression of the protests against right-wing President Sebastien Pinera. She had focused particularly on violence against women.

Prosecutor Deborah Quintana said: “We have to wait for the autopsy, but we are clearly investigating an alleged homicide.” 

The feminist movement Ni Una Menos demanded answers and for the causes of her death to be clarified.

“Do not forget her name, let's not forget her face,” the group said.

Her death follows that of Daniela “La Mimo” Carrasco, the street artist who had become a symbol of the protests. She was found hanged last month with her body showing evidence of rape and beatings.

Thousands have been arrested and scores killed as Chilean authorities clamped down on peaceful protests which started over a rise in metro fares but have since broadened to opposition to neoliberalism.

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