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Pi ñ era was fed up with protesters and parties: “The time has come to say enough”

November 27, 2019
El presidente de Chile, Sebastián Piñera

The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera – AGENCIA UNO

SANTIAGO, 27 Nov. (Agency One / EP) –

The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, has expressed on Wednesday his tiredness with the crisis that the country is going through in the midst of social protest and political disputes. “The time has come to say enough, the government is doing its job,” he said.

Piñera has appeared before the press from La Moneda after holding an emergency meeting with his Cabinet after “a new and sad day of destruction that caused anguish and fear of Chileans.”

“Violence is causing damage that can be irreparable to the body and soul of our society,” he said, recalling that it has already caused “painful losses of human lives and many injured people,” while “destroying dreams and projects of life for many people. ”

The Chilean president has admitted that even in some cases the security forces have been “surpassed”, so he has asked “today more than ever” “total support” to Police and Police and condemn “without any ambiguity or lukewarmness” The facts of violence.

On the political level, he has urged deputies and senators from all political parties to approve the bills that the Executive has sent to the Legislature as part of its shock plan to restore normalcy.

Specifically, it has referred to the anti-looting, anti-barricade and anti-hooded bills, as well as that of the Armed Forces, whereby the military could deploy without the need to declare the state of emergency to protect “key” infrastructure.

“These projects are absolutely urgent and necessary,” he said. “Chile and Chileans need better tools to combat this criminal violence that we have known in recent weeks,” he said.

Piñera's call has had a first response. The Socialist, Radical, For Democracy and Christian Democracy parties have issued a joint communiqué, also signed by the liberal deputy Vlado Mirosevic, in which they condemn the violence. “Nothing justifies these attacks that have generated a sense of misgovernment and fear,” they have considered.

In addition, they have pointed out that “incendiary attacks and looting are not only repudiable, but demobilize the peaceful protest”, so “those who take advantage of peaceful mobilizations to commit crimes must be isolated.”

At the same time, they have urged the Government to “fulfill its responsibility to maintain public order” to curb “the spiral of violations of Human Rights and irrational violence.”

In this regard, he has also been required to “profoundly reform the police, improve intelligence and preventive work and that police officers cease to act harshly in the face of peaceful protesters and softly in the face of criminals who loot and burn.”

“The only sustainable way out of the crisis in our country is of a political nature, by way of advancing the constitutional process and a social pact accompanied by tax justice,” they have argued.

Protests in Chile erupted on October 17 over the fourth rise in the price of the subway in a few months but grew rapidly to denounce social inequality and demand a constitutional change.

About 20 people have died from the repression of the demonstrations. The National Institute of Human Rights, in addition to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have reported human rights violations at the hands of security forces.

Piñera, who initially responded by declaring the state of emergency and deploying military personnel, apologized to the Chileans for not knowing how to “listen”, announced a “social agenda” and remodeled the Government to carry it out. It has also embarked on a constituent process. Despite this, the protests continue.