Military presence in riots in Chile generates suspicions
19 de octubre de 2020, 10:21Santiago de Chile, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) Suspicions have increased in Chile after the presence of a member of the military in the riots the day before and the passivity of the police in containing looting and other excesses became known.
Tens of thousands of people participated in a large concentration on Sunday, which took place peacefully for hours in the Plaza de la Dignidad (Baquedano), in the capital, one year after the outbreak of social protests in October 18th, 2019.
However, as the afternoon progressed, violent events began in other parts of the city, including the burning of two churches in the center of Santiago, which were practically destroyed, making it stand out due to the media impact.
The Undersecretary of the Interior, Juan Francisco Galli, admitted the arrest on Sunday afternoon of a member of the Navy who was taking part in the violent events during this Monday's preliminary assessment of what happened, in response to a question from the press.
However, he denied that the man had been arrested among those allegedly responsible for the attack on the San Borja parish, an institutional church of the Carabineros, which was set on fire twice the same day.
Last night, after the end of the great concentration in the Plaza de la Dignidad, the Minister of the Interior, Victor Perez, accompanied by General Mario Rozas, chief of the Carabineros, recognized the difference between the acts of violence and the mostly peaceful participation of the population in demonstrations.
According to Perez, critical infrastructures were protected thanks to the police, and the metro stations and buses were kept safe, and said that 'the lives of Chileans will not be altered by the action of groups that want to destroy and sow terror in citizens'.
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