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The high position of police who apologize is apologetic; the protests in Chile with the “c á ncer”: “I was wrong é”

November 23, 2019
El general de Carabineros Enrique Bassaletti

The General of Carabineros Enrique Bassaletti – AGENCIA UNO / SEBASTIAN BELTRAN – Archive


The chief of police for the east side of the Metropolitan Region of Santiago, General Enrique Bassaletti, has apologized this Friday for comparing the protests that have shaken Chile with “cancer”, justifying the balance of victims of police repression and military with which “good cells and bad cells are always killed”.

“In the context of a question that was pointed out to me (…) I, seeking to exemplify it, perhaps mistakenly, in my style trying to look for everyday examples rightly I was wrong and gave an example that naturally was not due and in front of that I have rather than excuse me, “Bassaletti said, as collected by 'The Third'.

“He had no other intention of looking for a daily, practical, totally wrong example,” he reiterated.

Bassaletti has made the comparison during a press conference held this Friday to take stock of the protests. “I'm going to make an analogy that I don't know if he's so happy, but I'm going to do it the same,” said the Carabineros general.

“Our society is sick of a serious illness. Suppose it is a cancer, hopefully it is not and that it has a solution,” he said. “Cancer treatment is done with chemotherapy and radiotherapy … Good cells and bad cells are killed. It is the risk that is submitted when firearms are used,” he said.

Bassaletti made these statements a day after Amnesty International presented its conclusions following an investigative mission on human rights violations that have been committed in the context of the wave of protests.

Popular mobilization began on October 17 by the fourth rise in the price of the subway in a few months and escalated to denounce social inequality and demand a constitutional change. About 20 people have died and hundreds have been arrested.

“The intention of the Chilean security forces is clear: to injure those who demonstrate to discourage the protest, even reaching the extreme of using torture and sexual violence against protesters,” said Amnesty International's director for the Americas, Erika Guevara Rosas.

In addition, he has reproached “the authorities under the command of the president, Sebastián Piñera”, who “have maintained their punishment policy for more than a month, generating more people to join the overwhelming number of victims”, “instead of taking measures aimed at curbing the very serious Human Rights crisis. ”

AI has considered that “the violations of Human Rights and crimes of International Law committed by agents of the security forces are not isolated or sporadic events, but respond to a pattern consistent in the type of violations and in the 'modus operandi' led out throughout the country. ”

In this regard, he pointed out that “the degree of coordination required to sustain the violent repression of the protests for more than a month leads reasonably to think about the responsibility of the command at the highest level, either because it ordered or tolerated the repression.”

“Such an extreme, of course, must be elucidated by an independent and impartial judicial authority,” the NGO has claimed, recalling that “the non-prevention of such acts, when it is its duty to do so, is a cause of individual criminal responsibility. , according to International Law. ”

The Government, Police and the Armed Forces have “categorically” rejected Amnesty International's report. “The only policy that the Government has had is the protection and protection of Human Rights,” said the Under Secretary of Human Rights, Lorena Recabarren.