Chile in quest of definitions
Santiago de Chile, (Prensa Latina) Knocking on the door to close the registration of candidacies for the Convention that will draft the new Constitution of Chile, the country began 2021 in the midst of political bustle.
The objective of the ruling party and the opposition is to obtain the largest number of the 155 seats of the constituent mechanism, which will be elected next April 11, but whose candidatures must be presented next Monday the 11th as the deadline.
Leaving aside certain reluctance, the ruling coalition launched an agreement with the far-right Republican Party, with the criterion that 'everything we can do in terms of unity, it is necessary to do it' expressed by several of its representatives .
The Independent Democratic Union (UDI) was the first to open doors to the extreme right, and finally National Renovation and Evópoli also gave their yes, seeking to win at least two thirds of the Convention, enough to impose their criteria.
Those dances reached La Moneda palace, and on Wednesday President Sebastián Piñera made a change of cabinet to relieve Cristian Monckeberg from the General Secretariat of the Presidency, and Antonio Walker, in the Agriculture portfolio, who left their posts to stand as candidates for the Constitutional Convention.
In the opposition, despite the repeated calls from personalities and formations of the social world, which warn about the risk of dispersion, everything indicates that except for a last minute agreement there will be at least two lists for the Constitutional Convention.
On one side, the centrist Constituent Unit, with the Radical, For Democracy, Socialist, Progressive, Christian Democracy and Citizens parties, and on the other, the one formed by the Communist parties, the Social Green Regionalist Front, the Common ones, various forces of the Broad Front and other leftist movements and social organizations.
Analysts warn that it will be very difficult with this division to reach the 104 constituents necessary to overthrow the attempts of the right to neutralize the content of the new constitutional text.
Also during this week, the verdict that convicted seven former members of the Carabineros de Chile was known for the murder of the young Mapuche Camilo Catrillanca, which occurred on November 14, 2018 and shocked the country.
The trial, delayed for months by the pandemic and delays in the defense, was finally ready for sentencing on Thursday, the same day that a controversial police procedure against drug trafficking once again brought the situation of violence in La Araucania region to the fore.
Authorities were quick to point out that it was just a coincidence that both events -verdict and police operation- occurred on the same day, but the Mapuche issue returned to the fore anyway. But the media and political circles did not ignore the new failure of the authorities in their publicized fight against crime in an operation prepared seven months in advance and the deployment of 800 police officers.
All to end only with the seizure of some 700 kilograms of marijuana and seven million pesos (about 10 thousand dollars), one detainee, and eight officers wounded by gunshots, of which one died from impact of high-caliber weapons, according to press reports.
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