A UN team investigates reports of police violence and human rights abuses in ongoing protests in Chile. The reviewers heard on Friday numerous accounts of eye injuries, broken bones and other serious injuries caused by rubber bullets of the police or tear gas. It is certain that the police did not follow their own guidelines on the appropriate use of force, said the doctor Enrique Morales.
Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel rejected the allegations. The police were "from the first moment" been urged to observe the protocol in the maintenance of public order and security. In addition, the authorities indicated that at least 76 officials had been injured in attacks by demonstrators.
So far 20 dead
At least 20 people have been killed in the protests that had ignited in October on a slight increase in subway ticket prices in the capital Santiago. But quickly, the demonstrations were generally directed against massive social ills in one of the richest countries in Latin America. Activists demand higher wages and pensions and improved health care. Most rallies were peaceful, but violence, arson and looting occurred.
The UN investigative team traveled to Chile at the behest of Chilean ex-president Michelle Bachelet, the UN Commissioner for Human Rights. Appraisers will collect eye witness reports across the country by November 22. Chile's National Institute for Human Rights, which operates independently of the government, has counted around 1,600 people who were allegedly injured in protests and hospitalized. Several hundred were shot accordingly.