New clashes between protesters and security forces were recorded in Santiago, a day after the social outbreak most serious of the democratic history of Chile turned one month.
The violent clashes, in which the agents fired tear gas and pellets and the demonstrators threw stones, they took place in the streets next to Plaza Italia, a roundabout that has been the epicenter of the social revolt and in which several hundred people hardly concentrated.
The National Institute of Human Rights (NHRI), a public and independent entity that has monitored the riots since the beginning by updating the data of the injured and detained daily, insisted on the urgency of Parliament approving a draft law to update police protocols.
"It requires a profound reform of the police in Chile, a task that is being assumed in Congress and that is essential to overcome this crisis well, "said its director, Sergio Micco, after receiving a mission from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) that is in the country investigating alleged violations of human rights
"We told the IACHR the importance of being here in Chile so that the world can see what is happening, because that increases the control of respect human rights"added Micco.
According to the NHRI, the crisis that broke out on October 18 has already been claimed the lives of at least 23 people -five of them allegedly at the hands of State agents- and has caused 2,381 hospitalized injuries, of which 222 have serious eye injuries. The entity has also filed a total of 384 lawsuits, of which almost 70% are due to torture and police abuse, although there are also homicide and sexual violence.
What began as a call from the Chilean university students To sneak into the Santiago subway to protest against the rate increase, it became an unparalleled social revolt in the last three decades, lacking identified leaders and calling for a more just economic model.
New Constitution the objective
The marches began to be massive – on October 25 about 1.2 million people became concentrated in Santiago – but they have been losing strength over the days, although there is still discontent in the streets despite the lukewarm social measures announced by the Government and the parliamentary agreement on a new constitution.
The parliamentary forces arrived last Friday to a historic pact to convene a plebiscite in april 2020 and ask citizens if they want a new Constitution and which body should write the text. Approved in a questioned plebiscite during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990), the current Chilean Magna Carta is seen by protesters as the origin of the country's inequalities, as it favored the privatization of basic sectors such as education or health.
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