Police shoot two minors in Chile

Both young men received gunshot wounds in their legs, the health prognosis is reserved and the reason why the authorities opened fire is unknown

| 11/18/2020 | ionicons-v5-c21: 12 | . |

SANTIAGO DE CHILE.- At least two adolescents aged 16 and 17 were allegedly wounded by a bullet this Wednesday by Chilean police officers who entered a state home for minors using their weapons in the Biobío Region, in the south of the country, official sources reported.

The Defender of ChildrenPatricia muñozHe assured that the situation is « one more manifestation of the horror represented by state violence », exercised by those who « should protect children and adolescents and who ultimately attack them repeatedly and excessively. »

The National Institute of Human Rights demanded « that the truth be known as soon as possible » and asked who approved the intervention of Carabineros in a center for minors guarded by the State to be made transparent.

With injuries to their legs, both young men are hospitalized with injuries of a reserved nature.

Police personnel would have entered the home Carlos Macera, belonging to the National Service for Minors (Sename) network in Talcahuano, after a group of children threw stones at the uniformed men, according to preliminary versions.

The government described the events as « regrettable » and, through a statement, said that Chilean President is « focused on clarifying the truth in a complete and timely manner. »

For his part, the recently assumed Minister of the Interior, Rodrigo Delgado, assured that « the general director of the Carabineros (Chilean militarized police) has initiated a summary investigation » that should yield results in « quite limited times. »

From the Police they declared that « no Carabinero wants to injure a minor » and that it is a « serious situation », for which they will have « all the antecedents » in the course of the investigation.

Various videos in which injured adolescents and their classmates are seen asking for help have circulated on social networks, arousing rejection from different sectors.

Members of the opposition to the Government demand the departure of the General Director of the Carabineros, Mario Rozas, as this is not the first serious situation in the institution.

International organizations such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) or Amnesty International denounced that after the social outbreak of October 2019, the uniformed police have used excessive force and committed serious human rights violations.

Sename, for its part, has been in the crosshairs of civil society for several years due to the repeated violations suffered by children and adolescents admitted to their homes.

Between 2005 and 2016, 1,313 deaths of young people admitted to Sename centers were reported.

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