Tuesday, 13 November 2012 22:36
Report sparks debate over use of force to put down student protests.
Chile’s police fought with “irrational and overblown state force” during the student demonstrations of 2010 and 2011, according to University of Diego Portales’s (UDP) annual human rights report released Monday. In response, Defense Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter stood behind the police action during Chile’s ongoing student marches.
He said in an interview with Radio BioBio
that softening the ability of the police to react would allow “people to think that they can go to the streets and attack our authorities.”
Alberto Coddou, human rights investigator at UDP, said Hinzpeter should understand that the police are for the people and their safety.
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