They ask for military reinforcement after the discovery of bound bodies in Alto Hospicio – La Discusión 2024-04-17 21:29:34

Three bodies were discovered inside two vehicles in the Alto Hospicio desert, Tarapacá region.

The macabre discovery took place this Wednesday morning along Route A-616, near the well-known “pet cemetery” of the commune. The bodies, identified as two men and a woman, were found bound by their hands and feet, with obvious signs of having been victims of gunshots.

The mayor of Alto Hospicio, Patricio Ferreira, has reacted strongly to this new episode of violence that affects his community. In view of the seriousness of the situation, Ferreira has requested military reinforcement for the area, arguing that criminal gangs operate in the region. “We took some control at the border, but we continue with the problem because the gangs are in here. We have to continue working,” said the mayor.

This incident highlights the worrying security situation in the Tarapacá region. According to data from the first national report on completed homicides, between 2018 and 2022, this region is positioned as the second with the highest number of murders per 100,000 inhabitants, with a rate of 13.4. Despite previous efforts to contain violence, such as the implementation of the Streets without Violence Plan in 2022, crime has risen again.

Said plan, he said, “had results because crime fell from 2022 to 2023 by almost 50%, but today we are living again with these types of acts of violence.”

It is important to note that, although in the northern part of the country there is a military reinforcement in the border area under the Critical Infrastructure Law, this measure does not cover urban areas such as Alto Hospicio. Faced with this panorama, the community and local authorities are clamoring for forceful action to guarantee the safety and protection of citizens in the Tarapacá region.

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