Two arrested in Chilean protests against Condoleezza Rice's visit
( dpa )- Two people were arrested Friday in Chile in protests against US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to the South American nation.
Rice was scheduled to arrive Friday in Chile on a South American tour that earlier took her to Brazil. In Brasilia on Thursday, some 50 students protestors shouted slogans against the invasion of Iraq and against Rice's presence there.
In Santiago, a few dozen protesters outside the seat of government held a placard declaring Rice a "persona non grata."
Communist leader Ercides Martinez described the visit as "an offence to the region."
Police intervened after protestors tried to burn US symbols.
On Thursday, in Brasilia, Rice met with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and with Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, and asked South America to strengthen border security in the face of "terrorists."
She later visited Salvador da Bahia, the first colonial capital of Brazil and a picturesque World Heritage site, where she told Brazilian television that she was fulfilling an old dream and reportedly even danced the samba.
In the northeastern state of Bahia, Rice visited social projects backed by the United States, and met with Brazilian Culture Minister Gilberto Gil and with Governor Jaques Wagner.
In Santiago, she was to meet Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Foreign Minister Alejandro Foxley.