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Piñera is repudiated in Chile for comparing social outbreak with coup

Santiago de Chile, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) Repudiation is provoked today in Chile by the statements of former president Sebastián Piñera, who on a visit to Argentina, said he had suffered a non-traditional coup d'état during the social outbreak of 2019.

“He wants to teach non-violence and play a draw, when it was he who chose the path of state violence,” denounced deputy Hernán Palma, and warned that the former president must answer for the flagrant violations of human rights during his government (2018-2022).

The legislator assured that Piñera is the only one responsible for having ordered a crowd to be shot and leaving more than 460 young people with eye damage or permanent vision loss, as is the case of today’s senator Fabiola Campillai and the student Gustavo Gatica.

On October 18, 2019, a movement began in this capital, driven by students, against the increase in subway fares, which subsequently spread throughout the country and demonstrated the population’s discontent with social inequalities and the neoliberal model.

Protests were violently repressed by the police and the Armed Forces, resulting in nearly 30 fatalities and thousands of injuries as a result of the firing of pellets or tear gas bombs.

The “democrat” Piñera, who caused dozens of deaths and more than 400 eye injuries, declares himself a victim of a coup d’état, denounced the vice president of the Chamber of Deputies, Carmen Hertz, in a message published on her X account.

Hertz stated that Piñera, as he enjoys judicial and political impunity, allows himself anything and considered the case against him should be activated before the International Criminal Court.

“Obviously, I do not agree with the former president’s statements,” expressed, for his part, the Undersecretary of the Interior, Manuel Monsalve, and added that Chile knows very well what a coup d’état is, because 50 years have just passed since the breakdown of democracy.

Questioned about the issue during a working visit to the United States, Chilean President Gabriel Boric considered it important not to confuse and lump together violent acts with social mobilizations.

There are those in Chile who also seem to forget there are legitimate causes of unrest and we must face those causes as a country, he said.


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