Police officers shoot teenagers at home for minors

From 16 and 17 year old teenagers were allegedly injured from bathe one by Chilean police officers this Wednesday in the Biobío Region when entering a state home for minors in the south of the country using their weapons.

The Ombudsman for Children, Patricia Muñoz, said 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 “let the truth be known as soon as possible” and he asked who approved the intervention of the Carabineros in a center for minors guarded by the State to be made transparent.

With wounds on his legs, both young people are hospitalized with injuries of a reserved nature.

Police personnel allegedly entered the Carlos Macera home, 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, he indicated that President Sebastián Piñera is “focused on clarifying the truth in a complete and timely manner.”

For his part, the new Minister of the Interior, Rodrigo Delgado, affirmed that “the director general 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 teenagers and their peers are seen asking for help They have circulated on social networks, awakening the rejection of 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 InternationalThey 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.


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