The Republican Party is moving towards its formation at the national level and, in the midst of collecting signatures, its leader, the controversial José Antonio Kast, carried out a harsh analysis on the current situation of the parties of the icialism and the government of Sebastián Piñera, both shaken after the demonstrations that began on October 18.
First, for Kast, there’s an error in talking about a “social outburst.” In his view, what there was was “an outbreak of violence, a terrorist attack just as serious as that which occurred in the United States with the fall of the Twin Towers, where the government failed to react, was immobilized.”
“Today we find a government that no longer governs, but administers, and misadministers, that lost all capacity to conduct a process where citizens realize who are the true culprits of what is happening, which are the same who have blocked the functioning of the government for two years, the same ones that have always validated verbal and physical violence, which is the PC and the Broad Front,” Kast said in an interview with La Tercera.
The historical former UDI militant added that if the government had ruled according to its agenda and had really cared about the social urgencies and not the urgencies of the political elite, this would have had an absolutely different course.
Under that premise, its solution is to ensure public order. “And public order is not guaranteed by parking Plaza Italia,” Kast says, “public order is guaranteed, for example, by not allowing a truck to be installed in the Alameda to do a free concert without authorization,” he explained.
For José Antonio Kast, the government has acted late and wrong. What would I do today? He asks: “To start enforcing the law in things where I can enforce the law. Remedies, when not applied in a timely manner, need to be more drastic, but intelligently,” he replied.
Without explaining much more about what he means by “more drastic” remedies, the leader of the Republican Party, ensuring that human rights must be safeguarded, targeted the first people who have violated their human rights, in his view, “to thousands of Chileans who are no longer allowed to circulate freely, have been ranted out of their premises, their property burned down.”
In that sense, he pointed out to La Moneda, “the government, instead of doing its job of – finally – informing the public what is happening with real figures, is unable and presents us with a Big Data report, which is a disgrace. That’s the level of government we have. The government should hold accountable and remove those who have put it in unpresentable situations like Big Data,” Piñera was advised.
“Piñera is going to remain President, but he’s kind of a presidential ghost, because he no longer rules, he manages,” he reiterated.
“We are before a right that is afraid”
With regard to the Constitution, little faith has the process that will begin in April to change it. “What the left and some on the right propose is that they will draft in a year a new Constitution that will change Chile from the roots. That’s a lie,” he said.
“We are facing a right that is afraid, that is cowardly, and the left realizes and always demands more,” he added.
In this sense, Kast had words for the president of the UDI, Jacqueline van Rysselberghe, after the party announced the “freezing” of its participation in Chile Vamos after the approval of gender parity in the Chamber of Deputies. This, in Kast’s view, “is part of the political show, of the circus of politics in Chile”.
“The circus has people who act on the basis of violence, people who act on the basis of blackmail, people who act on populism, people who act on the gullible and people who act on the basis of illusionism.”
To the president of the trade unionism, the former presidential candidate is placed among the illusionists “who deceive people” by claiming that the bottom line is that she was willing to sign an illegitimate agreement, and once she regained common sense, she froze the relationship with Chile Let’s go for “a tangential thing”, which is the subject of parity, lists and reserved quotas. “It didn’t last a week and went to the enactment of a law that has illegitimate origin,” he reiterated.
In the same vein, he targeted RN president Mario Desbordes, whom he accused as a populist. “Part of the drama is that some actors are populists. When a president, a congressman says that if he wasn’t an MP he’d be on the street marching… Clearly that’s populism,” he concluded.