As protests around the world intensify, medical workers are also feeling the pressure as they run into protests that are turning into battlefields.
CGTN’s Digital Team, along with Joel Richards and Mariano Toledo, talk with volunteers who provide first aid during the protests.
Chileans are mobilizing.
They demand change and are willing to keep protesting until they get it.
While some protest in the streets, others volunteer to give first aid to those who get injured— risking injury themselves.
As protests and clashes with police continue, volunteer first responders are stepping in— rescuing those in need.
The Chilean Red Cross:
Chileans are protesting nationwide. They want economic and social reform, a new constitution and a change in government.
Protesters are tired of the old Chile.
With overloaded hospitals and fear of being arrested, if their injuries aren’t serious, many don’t make it to the hospital.
And as protesters reach the thousands, the Red Cross can’t treat everyone.
So a group of Chilean nurses decided to organize and provide help themselves.
They get supplies through donations and see their experience and education as a privilege they can use to give back to their community.
The Brigade of Nurses:
A UN task force is investigating human rights abuses by Chilean security forces.
They are accused of beating protesters and purposefully aiming for their faces and bodies, when shooting pellet guns and tear gas.
President Sebastián Piñera has agreed to hold a referendum on the country’s constitution. In April, the people will get to vote on whether they want a new constitution.
But until Chileans see the government meet all of their demands, many will keep protesting.
As protesters continue to mobilize, so will first responders— running into these makeshift battlefields and helping those in need.
A Digital Original by: Joel Richards, Mariano Toledo and April Lanuza