Militarization of Chile’s Southern Macrozone draws more criticism

Social sectors and political leaders have criticized the militarization of the region. Among the latter are the regional governors of La Araucanía, Luciano Rivas (ruling party) and of Biobío, Rodrigo Díaz (opposition).

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The National Human Rights Institute (INDH) and several Chilean mayors rejected the state of emergency decreed by President Sebastian Piñera, which entails the militarization of four provinces in two southern regions. They stressed that dialogue is the only way to deal with the crisis in the region.

In a statement published on its website, the INDH Directorate described as a failure, the fact that the armed forces must be involved to contain the incidents of violence in Biobío, Arauco, Malleco, and Cautín.

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