Man in court over Chile student demonstration deaths

Man in court over Chile student demonstration deaths

A man suspected of shooting two two men dead after a demonstration in Chile is due to appear in court.

Giuseppe Briganti is accused of shooting 18-year-old Exequiel Borbaran and 25-year-old Diego Guzman in the port city of Valparaiso, who both lost their lives. Both attended university in the nearby city of Vina del Mar.

Witnesses said they heard gunshots after 20-year-old Briganti argued with the men for spraying graffiti and putting up a poster on the wall of his building following a student protest.

Police said they found a gun in Briganti’s home but he has denied any wrongdoing.

Students held candlelit vigils overnight in Valparaiso, 80 miles north-west of Santiago, and president Michelle Bachelet condemned the killings as “irrational and unjustified”.

The deaths came after students held protests across Chile yesterday demanding education reform.

Officials have not determined whether the victims were part of the Valparaiso demonstration, only saying they died near the protest site.

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