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The Chilean Congress suspends the mayor of Santiago for his administration during the protests

January 24, 2020
El ya exintendente metropolitano de Santiago de Chile, Felipe Guevara.

The already ex-mayor of Santiago de Chile, Felipe Guevara. – AGENCIA UNO / SEBASTIAN BELTRAN GAETE – Archive

SANTIAGO, Jan. 24 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The Congress of Deputies of Chile has approved on Thursday by 74 votes in favor and 71 against a constitutional accusation against the Santiago Metropolitan Mayor, Felipe Guevara, for allegedly infringing the right to assembly during the mobilization management and subsequent clashes between protesters and police officers a month ago in Plaza Baquedano, where a young man was hit by an armored police vehicle, so he has been suspended from office.

The Chilean Congress suspends the mayor of Santiago for his administration during the protestsThe Chilean Congress suspends the mayor of Santiago for his administration during the protests

Guevara has been heavily criticized for how he managed the situation, so he has finally been temporarily suspended from office. The Senate will now decide the future of Guevara, who could be dismissed and disabled to carry out public work for five years, the Chilean newspaper 'La Tercera' has detailed.

He thus becomes the fifth politician in the sphere of the Government of Sebastián Piñera to be denounced by the opposition and the second to have to leave the post after former Minister of the Interior Andrés Chadwick, disabled for “seriously infringing the Constitution and the laws by not taking measures to stop human rights violations “during protests.

Specifically, Guevara has been accused of preventing the right to free assembly and demonstration when he ordered the deployment of about a thousand police officers around Plaza Boquedano, where a demonstration was scheduled to take place, within the framework of the protests that they have been taking place since October 17 in various parts of the country in protest, initially, for the new rise in public transport rates, and which subsequently extended against the neoliberal court policies of the Conservative Government of Piñera.

During the vote, the opposition has denounced the number of injuries and violations that the police committed during the repression of the demonstrations, such as the abduction of the young man, shot down by an armored vehicle.

For its part, the ruling party has assured, as Guevara did at the time, that the few protesters who attended the meeting place had done so with the sole intention of producing altercations and, unlike other occasions, there were no peaceful people during the protests.

Guevara has refused to resign. “I face the result of the vote in the Chamber of Deputies convinced that it has been the search for peace of families and the operation of the city the principles that have guided my management,” he said through his Twitter account. “I trust that I will be able to continue working together and for the neighbors of the metropolitan region,” he said.

The National Institute of Human Rights (NHRI) of Chile has recorded 3,649 people who have been injured in the context of the protests that have taken place in the country since October 17.

In addition, according to the report made public on the social network Twitter, which covers from the beginning of the mobilizations until Wednesday, 405 people have suffered eye injuries. Specifically, 372 have presented injury or trauma to them, while 33 have experienced the bursting or loss of the organ.

On the other hand, people injured by gunfire amount to 2,063. Of these, a total of 1,624 have suffered injuries from shotgun shots; 188, for pellets; 51, by bullets; and, finally, 200 for shots with unidentified material. Also, people injured by tear gas pumps are 253.

Protests in Chile broke out on October 17 against the fourth rise in the price of the subway in a few months and grew rapidly to denounce social inequality and raise the need to develop a new Constitution.

The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, who came to declare the state of emergency deploying to the Armed Forces, apologized for not hearing the clamor of the Chileans and proposed a “social agenda.” To make it happen, he remodeled the Government and initiated a dialogue with the political parties, both opposition and official.

More than 20 people have died from clashes between protesters and security forces and more than a thousand have been arrested.

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