These monuments are popularly called narcomausoleums, and represent a symbol of the power of organized crime. They are located in public places, such as parks and squares, some are under custody and hold valuable objects inside.
“I have instructed the Undersecretary of Regional Development to transfer resources to the municipalities to demolish all narco memorials wherever they appear,” the President said.
For Javiera Reyes, mayoress of the commune of Lo Espejo and a member of the Communist Party, the most relevant thing, beyond the physical intervention of the space where the irregular construction is located, is what is projected. She added that the plan not only considers demolition, but also the construction of public infrastructure on those sites, including a school.
In his speech to the nation, the President announced the presentation of a bill aimed at restricting the practices of the so-called drug funerals, where celebratory gunfire, fireworks and threats are a norm, by limiting the days of wake and the route of the funeral processions, among other measures. “No one has the right to intimidate the population and violate the neighborhoods,” the President said faced with the growing problem of insecurity.
The Government recently put into effect the “Streets without Violence plan”, which made it possible to confiscate more than 1,700 weapons and detain 1,359 people, of whom 40 percent were fugitives from justice.