The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Valparaíso Court of Appeals that prohibited the Carabineros the use of pellets during demonstrations.

This decision was made after merchants from the port city filed an appeal for protection for the constant acts of violence of which they have been victims.

The cause began at the end of 2019, after the constant protests that took place in the center of the city of Valparaíso. These facts motivated that a total of 15 appeals were filed against the uniformed institution to avoid the use of dissuasive weapons.

A) Yes was that in June 2020, the Valparaíso Court of Appeals ordered the Carabineros to cease the use of pelletss for all events.

This time, it was the Condell street merchants, who, tired of the constant robberies and looting of those who have been victims, requested that the police officers could make use of all their resources available so that events like these do not continue to happen, according to the representative attorney, Juan Carlos Manríquez.


The ruling was criticized by one of the interveners, the lawyer Luis Cuello, who represented Matias Orellana, a professor who was the victim of eye trauma from the impact of a tear gas canister. He described the ruling as a serious fact.

The merchants of Valparaíso indicated that they are not against social protest, but they are strongly opposed to those who they have looted and vandalized each of the premises, especially because of the serious economic crisis you are currently going through.