4 Dec 2010

Clashes erupt on Easter Island

9:57 pm on 4 December 2010

At least 25 people have been injured during clashes between Chilean police and local people on Easter Island.

Witnesses say the police fired pellets as they tried to evict several indigenous inhabitants from buildings they occupied earlier this year.

The Rapa Nui group says the buildings were illegally taken from their ancestors several generations ago.

Easter Island, which was annexed by Chile in 1888, is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Officials say 17 police officers and eight civilians have been hurt.

However Rapa Nui put the number of injured locals at 19 and deny any police were hurt.