Santa María de Iquique School Massacre

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The Santa María de Iquique school Massacre was on December 21, 1907. At that time Chile's government was led by Pedro Montt. Hundreds of workers died in the front of the school Santa María de Iquique.

The workers had been walking from saltpetre mines of Tarapacá, striking to get better life conditions.

The strikers first went to San Lorenzo, and then to Iquique. They arrived in Iquique on December 16. They stayed peacefully in the school. Military forces arrived, and without provocation General Silva Renard give the order to shoot the people there in front of school. Hundreds of people were killed.