As “pure and hard crime” Carabineros described the bulk of the 74 detainees in incidents or crimes during the day of protests on Friday, nationwide.
There were 36 violent events, concentrated in the region of Tarapacá, Antofagasta, Valparaíso, Concepción, Temuco, Puerto Montt and Santiago.
Specifically, there were 74 detainees, 56 of them in the Metropolitan region, and 52 of these in the center of Santiago, most of them for the crime of looting and two for the launching of incendiary bombs, which “are designed to cause serious damage against the Carabineros ”, indicated the national director of Order and Security, General Esteban Díaz.
One of those captured had been caught firing with a pneumatic weapon and carrying Molotov bombs.
Of the total captured, 10 have more than 140 previous arrests for crimes such as robbery, theft and others. Even 3 of them concentrate more than 43 crimes previously. “It is pure and simple crime”Diaz emphasized.
“We apologize to the people in the center of Santiago who unfortunately were harmed by this gang of criminals who came to commit destruction and attempted looting. People who cause people who wanted to continue working had to retire. People who cause people to be injured (…) if we have to stop them over and over again, we will do it, ”said the general.
The Minister of the Interior, Rodrigo Delgado, for his part, stressed that this is the highest number of detainees so far this year, of violent situations, along with the fact that the new Carabineros protocols are giving results.
“The protocols are working and there is compatibility between the protocols and upload the detainees. I highlight it, because these detainees come with a very large set of evidence. It is not that people stop because they are passing or walking. They are all accompanied by photographs, monitoring with drones, ”said Delgado.
The Interior Minister stated that “we are not going to rest until these people understand that it is not free to commit a crime. They are criminals who are not interested in pensions, they are not interested in health, they are not interested in education. All those people who freely and validly took to the streets for social causes and important issues for the country, the vast majority have felt that the State has been able to channel these demands through agreements, democracy, plebiscite. Here there are people who want to occupy the ‘umbrella’ of social demands to commit crimes “.
“I witnessed how the Carabineros prevented looting and fires. There was a different strategy, ”Delgado pointed out.
On the occasion, in the premises of the OS9, evidence of items stolen during looting yesterday was exhibited.