“What it does is condition and stress the area much more”



Ombudsman for Children questions military presence in La Araucanía:


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Defender of Children questions military presence in La Araucanía: “What it does is condition and stress the area much more”

The Ombudsman for Children, Patricia muñoz, referred to the declaration of a State of Emergency in the South Macrozone by the Government, questioning the military presence in the area.

Through a statement, he pointed out that this “represents two obvious evidences: on the one hand, the incapacity that this Ministry of the Interior and Public Security has had and also the police to provide security to children and adolescents in that area and also to all the inhabitants of those places, that demonstrate that they are taking effective actions in the prevention of crimes, whatever they may be; and in addition to the inability to efficiently prosecute those who commit criminal acts, which is why many of the acts in which children and adolescents have been victims continue to be in impunity. “

In addition, he affirmed that he considers that the military intervention will not help to solve the security problem that exists in that part of the country, but will contribute to further complicate the situation.

Obviously the military, who have no training in public order control, will not be able to solve something that not even the police have been able to solve and quite the contrary, what this decision does is condition and stress much more than what that area is already stressed with the possible exposure of children and adolescents – particularly those who live in Mapuche and indigenous communities – to situations of violation of their rights that we do not want to know again, “he added.

Finally, he recalled that the last time the military presence was chosen in La Araucanía, events such as the murder of the Mapuche community member, Camilo Catrillanca, occurred, among others.

We do not want that to happen again and therefore we hope that this decision, which we do not share, will ultimately be sufficiently controlled and supervised by those who have been responsible for and that in this way they ensure that no child or adolescent, regardless of their origin and belonging to an indigenous community, will be affected in their rights by a police or military intervention in contexts, supposedly, of achieving at once security for the inhabitants of those regions, “he closed.

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