Ominous. Those pots and pans were what eventually brought down Salvador Allende in the 70s, and he had Fidel Castro's paramilitary forces by the thousands protecting him from the wrath of ordinary Chileans.
Hundreds of Chileans took to the streets of affluent Santiago neighbourhoods on Wednesday night, clanging kitchenware and waving banners to protest what they say is an explosion in crime in one of South America's safest nations.
The "cacerolazo," as such protests are known in Latin America, was the latest in a series of demonstrations that reflect a dramatic rise in security fears among Chileans.
Of course the establishment marshals statistics to pooh-pooh the concerns;
According to police data, violent crime was down 2.6 percent in the first five months of 2015 compared with the year before. Property crime also dropped marginally, and United Nations statistics show Chile has the second lowest homicide rate in the Americas after Canada.Yeah, this experience definitely lacks nuance;
"The current situation is obviously far more nuanced than the rhetoric," said Mauricio Duce, a law professor at Diego Portales University in Santiago, while scanning a table of recent crime statistics.
"I had a criminal break into my home and put a gun to my head. I'm lucky I'm still alive," said [Lorena] Diaz, [a] university administrator [who participated in the demonstrations].