May 16, 2022

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March in Chile to approve the general amnesty law

March in Chile to approve the general amnesty law

The Association of Relatives of Political Prisoners, and other organizations, called on various sectors of Chilean society, on Sunday, on the streets of the capital Santiago de Chile to demand approval of a general amnesty law for detainees during the 2019 outbreak, local media reported. .

To the basic demand for the general amnesty law to be passed urgently in the Chilean Senate, he adds relatives and protesters to clarify the truth, demanding justice and reparation for the dead, victims of injuries, sexual abuse and other human rights abuses. and police agents.

They also demand a halt to the criminalization of social mobilization supported by cultural expressions such as songs, bands, collective poetic intervention, and the presence of convoys of protesters on bicycles.

Their demands also include that the government stop the potential use of the presidential veto or any recourse to the Constitutional Court to block or repeal the law.

Incidentally, the bill was approved in the Senate by the Commissions on Human Rights, Public Security and the Constitution, in which the senators who introduced it claimed that there was a “disproportionate response by the state followed by mass arrests and multiple criminal proceedings.” .

The demonstration of the Association of Political Prisoners of Family Members, and various Chilean non-governmental organizations and associations, to demand the release of detainees, has been repeated, after condemning the abuse of preventive detention, the slowness in judicial procedures, and the use of specialized legislation to criminalize protests.

Meanwhile, President Sebastian Pinera stated on several occasions that “there are no political prisoners in Chile” because “no one is deprived of freedom because of their way of thinking,” noting that these detained people were arrested by a crime commission during the 2019 protests.

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