Images of a student with his or her body lit by the flames from a Molotov bomb, the entry of Carabinieri Special Forces personnel into the classrooms and the establishment completely affected by tear gas marked one of the most violent days at the National Institute, and a wave of criticism towards political authorities such as interior minister Andrés Chadwick, Mineduc holder Marcela Cubillos and Santiago Mayor Felipe Alessandri.
Child advocate Patricia Muñoz called for the appointment of an exclusive prosecutor to investigate events within the establishment and agencies such as Amnesty International expressed her concern about the facts on social media. “In the face of the entry of armed officials from @Carabdechile into the classroom, we demand edg the @min_interior, @Mineduc and the mayor @AlessandriFelip conduct the corresponding investigation,” the entity demanded. The events, which forced the building chief to advance the winter holidays at the establishment, further highlighted the failure of the policies implemented by the Executive as Aula Segura, accused from the opposition.
This was done by some mPs as the chair of the Lower House Education Committee, Camila Rojas. “We said, Segura Classroom was not going to solve this problem, Aula Segura was made for those cases of extreme violence, and today there is no solution,” she said.
For her part, Communist MP Karol Cariola argued that “the acts of violence at the National Institute denote the brilliant failure of Minister @mcubillossigall and @sebastianpinera.” Safe Classroom” will remain for history as a demagogic, irresponsible and ineffective policy, for which no one is held accountable today,” she said.
In the same vein, DEPUTY RD Giorgio Jackson wondered if “we want q the priorities of the @Muni_Stgo and @Mineduc are special forces and tear-crimatic, instead of dialogue with the teachers to improve quality?Is this really the way in which you want to “educate with quality” in public lycées in Chile?”
Alessandri’s management has been called into question because it has focused on promoting controversial measures such as “Safe Classroom”, “Break Pay”, the review of backpacks to secondary schoolchildren and preventive identity checks on schoolchildren, but ultimately the conflict in the National Institute reveals a failure in its policy in this area.
In fact, for this afternoon, one of the organized groups of the establishment, the Collective Comunidad Institutana organized a candle under the premise that “#jaulasegura failed”. “Enough repression, outside Alessandri and no more FFEE,” are some of his slogans.
Chadwick is placed
When it came to demanding responsibilities, the DC MP and member of the House Education Committee, Mario Venegas asked the Ministry of the Interior and Carabineros to “clarify as soon as possible whether the police’s protocol for the accession to educational establishments, during the break-in of the National Institute’s classroom, condemning the acts of violence recorded at the establishment that he called “rarely seen, at least in democracy.”
In turn, Camila Rojas also questioned the Minister of the Interior, noting that “these kinds of problems are not solved by making more behave to the matter, we cannot have carabinieri in classrooms, can not be carabinieri performing identity checks to minors, that doesn’t contribute.” According to the MP, carabinieri are committing “acts that are not legal” and that warrants a response from the chief of staff in his capacity as law enforcement officer.
From the Government, Minister Cubillos remained silent on this issue. But Minister Chadwick said the national institute’s problem is that “there is a group of young violent, extremist, who are really doing tremendous damage to the National Institute” and noted that Carabineros will continue to operate at the educational center.
For her part, the government spokeswoman Cecilia Pérez defended the role fulfilled by the authorities, noting that the attitude of the students that cause incidents “is not consistent with the will of dialogue that the Intendencia in the Metropolitan Region, the Institute and also the mayor of Santiago.”
“No protocols were respected”
However, with regard to the personnel of Carabineros Special Forces personnel, the Child Advocate clarified that the staff were legitimately entered the establishment, under the flagrant crime commission, such as the launch of Molotov bombs, but ” They burst into the midst of class development inside some rooms and throwing tear bombs inside the enclosure without complying with the requirements that their own protocols set for their use.”
“The duty of intervention in the face of a flagrant crime, such as that within the establishment, must be enforced while safeguarding compliance with the constitutional, legal and regulatory requirements of the use of police force and elements chemical dissuasiveness, and, considering the versions provided by members of the school community, that this would not have been respected, the situation was reported to the police high command, the Minister of the Interior and the INDH, so that the latter can, by virtue of his legal powers, evaluate the appropriate actions,” said Patricia Muñoz.