'The next firebomb is for the Pope': Churches in Chile are attacked days before the Pontiff is due in the country

Mail Online | 1/13/2018 | Tariq Tahir For Mailonline
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Vandals that have attacked three churches in Chile, leaving notes threatening Pope Francis ahead of the pontiff's visit to the country next week.

The vandals, whose identity is still unknown, attacked the churches in the nation's capital city Santiago and tossed pamphlets on the street as they fled.

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Pamphlets left at one of the churches backed the cause of the indigenous Mapuche people, some of whom have been staging violent protests, and added: 'Pope Francis, the next bomb will be in your robe.'

The churches were hit with firebombs then sprayed with accelerant and at one, the doors were burned before firefighters extinguished the blaze.

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Later in the day, police found barrels of flammable liquid at two other churches that had not been ignited. They were handled by the bomb squad without incident.

Chile's President President Michelle Bachelet described the incidents as 'very strange'.

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'In a democracy, people can express themselves as long as they do it in a peaceful way,' she said.

Hugo Alcaman, president of ENAMA, a Mapuche group that encourages local businesses and advocates social change, condemned the attacks.

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'We reject all types of violence, which we don't think is intelligent or effective,' said Alcaman.

No one has been arrested for the...
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