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Chile anniversary: High emotion deep down

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Chile anniversary: High emotion deep down


Deep underground in Chile, there has been high emotion.

Some 700 metres down, 33 trapped miners have been celebrating 200 years of their country’s independence. They sang the national anthem and unfurled the Chilean flag, signed by each man.

And through the emergency shaft that is their only link with the world above, they were sent traditional meat pies to help celebrate.

The men were trapped by a cave-in at the San Jose mine at the beginning of August, and though work on a rescue shaft is making progress they are not expected to see daylight for several weeks yet.

While they were singing below ground, the rest of the population joined in all around the country.

President Sebastián Piñera sent a message of support, saying he was looking forward to welcoming ‘the 33’ to the presidential palace in Santiago.

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