The military government announced yesterday that seven more persons were killed in disturbances late Friday, bringing the official toll to 24 dead since violence began Thursday.
Announcing the deaths, government Secretary General Alfonso Marquez told reporters the latest disturbances were the work of professional provocateurs, Reuter news service said.
Residents of poor neighborhoods of Santiago, angered by the heavy death toll in Thursday's protest against military rule, the fourth in as many months, set up barricades, lit bonfires and clashed repeatedly with police.
Funerals yesterday for three of the people killed erupted in violence, with mourners throwing rocks at police and shouting "Assassins!" The Associated Press added. Police kept their distance until crowds began throwing rocks at them at two cemeteries. They then fired tear-gas grenades, but no gunshots were heard.
The head of the Chilean Roman Catholic Church's human rights organization, Bishop Juan de Castro, spoke at a news conference, deploring the action of troops called out to quell Thursday's protests. "There is an impression that they acted with unnecessary violence, unrestrained, unmeasured and with no respect for people," he said.
The Democratic Alliance, a grouping of banned political parties that backed the protest, called for Pinochet's resignation.