The parliamentarians described the option as “unacceptable blackmail” since its approval would depend on support for a new extension of this measure in the Araucania region, where the military has been deployed since May due to violent clashes between locals and logging companies.
“The next time the Government comes to ask for an extension of the State of Exception in the Southern Macro-zone, if it does not bring with it a State of Exception for the Northern Zone, or a measure of equal connotation, we are not going to vote for it”, the opposition politicians emphasized.
According to Chilean law, decreeing a State of Emergency Exception is the exclusive competence of the President of the Republic, who only needs the support of the National Congress (bicameral parliament) to establish extensions.
“The states of exception are not the solution to all security issues”, the deputy of the Communist Party Luis Cuello declared to Diario U Chile, a criterion shared by the senator of the Regionalist Green Social Federation Esteban Velásquez.
According to Velasquez, leaving the solution of the problem to the Armed Forces is “an aberration”, he called to look for alternatives to fight delinquency and organized crime.
Both legislators agreed that the situations in both regions are different, and therefore the same measure should not be applied to confront them, but with the improvement of the capacities of the forces of law and order.