Chile: Repression Against Demonstrators

Since 18 October, thousands are demonstrating in Santiago against the raise of public transportation, considered as another measure negatively impacting Chilean’s economic, social and cultural rights. The government imposed a state of emergency, enabling the army to police demonstrations and set a curfew. Initial reports account for massive detentions, scores of people tortured or ill-treated, some persons seriously injured and killed in the context of violent incidents. We call on the president to address the demands behind the protests, respect the right to peaceful assembly, stop using the army for controlling protests and comply with use of force standards.

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