Chile´s Pinera acknowledges safety drive abuses throughout protests, says ‘no impunity’

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SANTIAGO (Information) – Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Sunday vowed “no impunity” for safety forces that used extreme drive and violated the rights of protesters throughout weeks of violent riots over financial insurance policies and social injustice which have left greater than 20 lifeless.

FILE PHOTO: Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera addresses the 74th session of the United Nations Common Meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York Metropolis, New York, U.S., September 24, 2019. Information/Carlo Allegri/File Photograph

Public prosecutors in Chile are investigating greater than 1,000 circumstances of alleged abuses – starting from torture to sexual violence – by the police and army.

“Regardless of our agency dedication and precautions … to guard human rights, in some circumstances protocols weren’t adhered to, there was extreme use of drive and abuses and crimes have been dedicated,” Pinera stated in a televised speech Sunday evening.

“There can be no impunity,” he added.

Protests have rocked Santiago for a month within the largest disaster to hit the South American nation since its return to democracy in 1990. Weeks of unrest have knee-capped the economic system, prompting more and more grim forecasts for development and unemployment.

Pinera´s authorities has promised a raft of reforms to quell protesters’ calls for, from beefing up the minimal wage to topping off pensions.

Chilean lawmakers on Friday additionally introduced a deal to carry a referendum in April on changing the nation’s dictatorship-era structure, a serious concession to protesters who say it’s rigged in opposition to the poor.

Pinera hailed the deal in his Sunday evening speech from the La Moneda presidential palace.

“Our residents will now have the final phrase with respect to a brand new structure, the primary to be drawn up in democracy,” Pinera stated.

Monetary markets celebrated Friday´s announcement. Chile’s inventory alternate rebounded, posting its largest each day acquire in 11 years, and the peso shot upwards in opposition to the greenback after plummeting to a historic low days earlier than.

Reporting by Dave Sherwood and Natalia Ramos; Enhancing by Tom Brown