Recently Chile’s environmental authorities approved HidroAysén’s proposal to build five dams on two of Patagonia’s wildest rivers. The 11-to-one vote ended an almost three year review process for what has become the biggest environmental controversy in the country’s history.

THE CHILEAN PEOPLE are letting the government know how they feel about the decision through the numerous protests that are going on all over the country – some violent, some peaceful.

Protestas 21 Mayo, 2011.
Valparaiso, Chile.

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Patagonia Sin Represas

All over the country, the Chilean people are showing their feelings about the Hidroaysen project. Using social media, organizations have been able to gather tens of thousands of people to protest against this cause.

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Police

The police line up and get ready.

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Passionate protester

Shouting intense political issues against the city officials - cheered by the crowd.

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View from the police side of the streets of Valparaiso

The armored truck throws water to settle the riot.

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Protester

Many people brought signs to the protest.

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Man with a gas mask

Other brought gas masks.

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Media

From news reporters to amateur photojournalists, everyone with a camera comes out to document the situation.

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Not so peaceful protesters

Not everyone was peaceful at the demonstration.

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Man getting sprayed with water

The police use a truck called "El Guanaco" that throws dirty water to settle angry crowds when things get out of hand -he is a victim.

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Running away

The nearly deserted streets of Valparaiso.

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Surrendering

It is doubtful that the Chilean people are ready to give up the fight to protect Patagonia.

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