Desolation That was the word most used by the mayors of Santiago and Puente Alto after the acts of violence registered during the commemoration of the first year of the social outbreak.
The burning of churches, looted premises and the destruction of public furniture once again stained the massive convocation of Plaza Baquedano.
He Mayor of Santiago, Felipe Alessandri, said that about 30 thousand residents relived the nightmare of October 2019. In his opinion, in contrast to the report delivered by the Government, “there was a lack of action, I sympathize with the Carabineros and the tremendous problem they have, but what about the State, contemplatives looking through the cameras as they looted and destroyed the neighborhoods ”.
He questioned that there was not a more active role, that is why he stressed that the role of the State, the Government, is “To ensure that these acts of violence will not be repeated (…) I tell my neighbors that Santiago is not going to be a sacrifice zone.
He indicated that the situations recorded yesterday were predictable. “I celebrate acting in accordance with international protocols, but I strongly condemn how they razed traditional neighborhoods.”
Furthermore, he placed the Minister of the Interior, Víctor Pérez, who last night highlighted the police strategy used, noting that there was no damage to critical infrastructure, such as the Metro and the public transport network.
“I tell Víctor Pérez what happened to the churches, the supermarkets, Lapiz López, Petrobras, the San Borja park with the bars removed by the roots, the burning of trees, the destruction of garbage cans (…) What happens with the neighbors, the tenants, with the cultural centers, what happens with them ”.
He said that without being a cop, without being an intelligence, he was predictable. “I have asked for more police presence that would have prevented looting, destruction, vandalism,” he added.
“Where are those 40 thousand men, what happened after curfew, what happened that the barricades followed, that the looting continued”, Hill.
Another of the communes most affected by vandalism was High Bridge, where mobs attacked a police station and several shops.
Mayor Germán Codina told Expreso Bío Bío that “We consider that this violence has nothing to do with the social movement that has legitimate demands that one shares ”.
He indicated that “it is unacceptable that there are people who vandalize public infrastructure but also downtown merchants,” adding that the attack on the police station was “brutal” and that some off-hooks even looted a children’s library.
“If we want there to be a democratic process that is reflective where we really learn from the mistakes of the past and can build a better Chile for the new generations, violence cannot be endorsed or justified,” he said.
Like his peer in Santiago, Codina said that “We have a historical demand that has to do with the equitable distribution of police supplies.”
Considered it necessary “Redistribute differently the endowments and logistical resources used by the Carabineros not only for public order but also to prosecute drug trafficking and habitual crime ”.
He specified that, although the institution drags a delegitimization, that “It cannot inhibit the action of the Carabineros when (…) they are small groups that are violent, that act, destroy and restrict the freedoms of the rest, we must allow the police to act ”, he emphasized.