Friday, 07 September 2012 19:20
Ministry of Defense apologizes for ‘non-valid’ text.
The Ministry of Defense and Chilean Armed Forces found themselves knee-deep in scandal Friday after a previously unseen document which recommends the exclusion of homosexuals and other groups of people was released by Canal 13
the day before.
The document, signed in February of 2012 by commander-in-chief of the army’s first division, Gen. Cristián Chateau, indirectly suggests the exclusion of homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, drug addicts, people with mental, physical and socioeconomic problems, conscientious objectors and others during the selection process. The instruction text asks for the more “morally and intellectually capable” to receive special attention when recruiting.
“Today we are calling on the defense minister to remove Gen. Chateau from his post,” Rolando Jiménez, president of the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (Movilh) said before the Ministry of Defense on Friday. “It cannot be possible for someone with such level of classism and homophobia to be in charge of a military unit as important as the army’s first division.”
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