An anti-government protester throws a stone at the police during in Santiago, Chile, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. Thousands of Chileans took to the streets again Monday to demand better social services, some clashing with police, as protesters demanded an end to economic inequality even as the government announced that weeks of demonstrations are hurting the country's economic growth. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Clashes erupted between anti-government demonstrators and the riot police during the so-called ‘Super Monday’ of protests on the streets of Chile’s capital city of Santiago on Monday.

The riot police used water cannons and tear gas as they tried to disperse the protesters gathered near Plaza Italia square, who, in turn, hurled rocks at the police.

One injured person was taken away by paramedics with another protester seen being detained by the riot police officers.

The current wave of demonstrations, which is considered to be the worst in decades, was sparked by a now-suspended metro fare hike.

The demonstrations have since evolved into a movement with wider grievances aimed at addressing the rising cost of living, pension reform and police conduct during demonstrations as well as demanding the resignation of President Sebastian Pinera.

Speaking to the BBC’s South America correspondent, Katy Watson, President Sebastián Piñera has said he will not resign despite the mass anti-government protests.

The demonstrations were originally triggered by a now-suspended rise in the price of metro fares in Santiago.

Protesters are now marching to express their discontent over a wide variety of problems.

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