Government of Chile denies a premeditated policy of repression

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The Government of Chile denied this Wednesday that it had existed by the Carabineros police force, a premeditated policy of repressing the protesters during the social protests that began in the country on October 18 of last year, as denounced by a report by Amnesty International (AI) earlier this day.

“The Government reiterates with force that there has not existed on the part of the Carabineros, a premeditated or generalized practice or policy of the use of force with the purpose or intention of punish protesters, as the report assumes based on a limited background, “he said in a statement released by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

The text also makes present that AI does not refer in depth in its report, to the more than 5,000 police officers who were injured during the protests throughout more than 2,800 serious events that occurred in the country.

Human rights violations

Five days after the first anniversary of the so-called social outbreak, AI denounced that the high command of the Carabineros allowed human rights violations to be committed and that “far from being isolated acts committed by officials acting on their own account, the acts of violence had committed based on a policy whose ultimate goal was discourage social protest“.

In its response, the Ministry of Justice stated that “in view of all the complaints that have been presented, the Government of Chile has permanently supported that these are duly investigated, sanctioned and repaired “.

“This is what corresponds on the part of the institutions in a democratic State of Law, because in the face of violations of human rights, there can be no impunity for those who committed or commit crimes that are thus considered by the courts of justice, “the statement reads.

Investigations in progress

In this sense, the Executive that presides Sebastian Piñera He regretted that AI’s report “makes assertions about facts and information that need to be updated,” since they are currently being investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office and in court.

The Government also indicated that AI does not include in its report the work already carried out for the implementation of the agency recommendations National and international.

These recommendations, according to the official statement, could be grouped into three lines of action: advance a “comprehensive institutional” reform in the Carabineros, improve the regulation of the right to peaceful assembly and strengthen the duty to investigate, punish and repair human rights violations.

Reform the Police

In this sense, the Chilean president convened last week a special commission made up of independent experts, who within 90 days must present a proposal for the structural reform of the reviled police force.

On October 18, 2019, the wave of protests more serious since the end of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990), which left some thirty dead and thousands injured, in addition to episodes of extreme violence with looting and fires.

The images of young people with bloody eyes behind get shot with pellets and tear gas to the face went around the world and also provoked criticism from the UN.

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