Violent times are the ones who are living the National Institute after new acts of violence are recorded, mainly clashes between hooded and carabinieri. In the face of this, the rector of the establishment, Fernando Soto, referred to the future of the emblematic school after the riots.
In an interview with the Mesa Central de Canal 13 program, Soto dismissed the idea of Mayor Alessandri and other authorities of closing the historic precinct. “Closing the institute is somewhat inthinkable, i.e., that idea is not conceived within the community. Rather, I choose to generate spaces for dialogue in all the states and those spaces exist and all the states are represented in what is called the school board,” he said. It is worth mentioning that on Monday Mayor Felipe Alessandri and the Ministry of Education will meet to decide what will happen with the National Institute.
The National Institute has been on the way for the many dismantens that are generated in its dependencies. Several reasons would motivate the protests, including poor structural conditions of the building and recently passed laws, such as the controversial Segura Classroom.
Regarding the hooded and the possibility of being students of the National Institute involved, the rector said that “unfortunately yes (he believes there are students), it would be a fantasy to think that we are invaded by strange elements”, he ironed.
Under that premise, Soto pointed out that external groups do exist. “We have sometimes seen students from other schools who have entered ours to generate riots and probably also college-aged adults,” he said.
The authority of the establishment explained that they have made progress in the dialogue and reached agreements with the Student Center. “What we mean is that we have made progress, so there are no excuses left for the hooded to continue altering our normality,” adding that “if most of the community came to an agreement, the rest has to be left out of high school.”
On what to do then, Soto believes that it is the state that has room to deal with problems that are “of a police nature”. And, faced with the question if it is the minister of the interior who should intervene, Soto replied: “I think so.”
Following the acts of violence that have been registered at the National Institute, the mayor of Santiago and supporter of the establishment, Felipe Alessandri, announced that identity card or school pass would be required to enter the premises.
On the same day that the measure was intended to enter into force at the establishment, hooded hoods burned the school banner and dropped Molotov bombs.
“It is pathetic, I find it pathetic because we cannot promote violence as a way to solve any issue that summons us. It’s unfortunate. It is indeed difficult to solve, I think that we have to transparent the subject and say what are the big problems of the institute today,” he said.
Finally, on whether it was overcome by the conflict, he concluded that this issue has not been resolved in all lycées, it has not been resolved in universities, nor at the level of municipalities, ministries, probably fell great for all of us. It’s a problem with Chilean society.”