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The Chilean Congress creates a commission to investigate the state of emergency

Tanques militares en la plaza de Italia de Santiago de Chile

Military tanks in the Plaza de Italia in Santiago de Chile – CRISTOBAL ESCOBAR / AGENCIAUNO / CRISTOBAL ESCOBAR / A

SANTIAGO, Oct. 24 (Agency One / EP) –

The Chamber of Deputies of Chile has approved this Thursday to create a commission that investigates the declaration and implementation of the state of emergency ordered by the president, Sebastián Piñera, to placate the protests against the Government, following the allegations about the alleged commission of violations of the Human rights.

The Chilean Congress creates a commission to investigate the state of emergency
The Chilean Congress creates a commission to investigate the state of emergency

The Chilean deputies have decided, by 66 votes in favor, 31 against and 14 abstentions, to create said commission to “supervise the actions of the Government and the institutions”, pointing specifically to the Ministries of Interior and Defense and to the military and police, in relation to the state of emergency in force since October 18.

It is “a duty of the Chamber of Deputies,” said his vice president, Loreto Carvajal. “We cannot ignore the situation in the country. Here we can not only respond to the legislative urgencies that the government imposes, belatedly, but we must take care of what is happening on the streets,” he said.

Carvajal has specifically mentioned the allegations made by the National Institute of Human Rights (NHRI), which has documented torture and harassment, among other abuses, against detainees in the framework of the protests “We can not look the other way”, has defended the 'number two' of the legislative headquarters.

According to the latest balance sheet, at least 18 people have died, including five due to security forces, which has cast doubt on the actions of the uniformed in a country sensitive to the public role they must play after their participation in the 1973 coup and subsequent repression. Opposition deputies have already requested precautionary measures from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

The defense minister, Alberto Espina, defended this Thursday the military action. “The mission of the Armed Forces in a state of emergency is two: protect our countrymen from acts of violence and collaborate so that the country regains its normalcy as soon as possible,” he said, underlining that “they are trained to act with the most strict respect for people's rights. ”

Espina has emphasized that the military is “men and women who have children, families,” and that “these same soldiers are the ones who, when there is a catastrophe, immediately come to protect the Chileans.”

In the same line has been expressed the general director of Police, Mario Rozas. The carabineros “are not trained to harm the community,” he said in an appearance in the Senate. “We are part of the community, we work with the community and for the community, … we are here to serve the community,” he said.

Protests broke out last week over the fourth rise in the price of the subway ticket in a few months, but quickly grew to denounce social inequality. Piñera, who initially responded with a state of emergency and curfews – measures that continue – later apologized for his “lack of vision” and announced a package of measures to reduce the gap between Chileans, despite which the manifestations continue.

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