Antofagasta Cathedral vandalized

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, feminist protesters set fire to a banner at the doors of the San José Cathedral, located in Antofagasta.

The action of the police prevented the fire from spreading inside the Cathedral and helped the door suffer minor damage, however, this is one more incident in the long list of vandalism attacks on churches in the country. In October, amid social protests, around four temples were also desecrated.

According to the Violent Incidents Database – VID, only in 2020 there were twelve attempts to vandalism or desecrate places of worship, as well as eleven incidents related to other forms of attacks on religious leaders, particularly Christians.

In Chile, the degree of religious intolerance manifests itself violently with increasing frequency. There are even other forms of pressure, such as censorship of the voices or activities of Christian groups, especially when they express their view on issues related to life or family, limiting the full exercise of the right to religious freedom in the terms of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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