Doubts about the failed megaoperative period on January 7 in Temucuicui, such as the magnitude of the IPO deployment, the role of the Government and the opportunity for the operation, were the occasion of the session of the Senate Public Security Commission, an instance in which the director general of the POI, Héctor Espinosa and the Minister of the Interior Rodrigo Delgado presented telematically with the undersecretary of the portfolio , Juan Francisco Galli.
One of those who stoked the fires was Dc Senator Francisco Huenchumilla, who drew attention to the authorities, noting that in La Araucanía “there is a political issue that forces us to be careful and prudent” and to “not put out the fire with greater paraffin”, as happened in the operation left by a deceased POI inspector.
“A sense of opportunity has to prevail here,” the legislator said, warning of the scale of the police deployment, which mobilized some 850 troops and 200 vehicles. “This is the first time I have seen an operation of this nature where almost 10% of the POI’s endowment is deployed in such an operation. I haven’t seen him in a town in Santiago, except in Zapallar with that private party of upper-class youth,” he said.
Opposition doubts were also expressed by Socialist Senator José Miguel Insulza, who emphasized the disproportionate deployment of the POI. “In Temucuicui there are 271 inhabitants, why are 850 Investigation Police troops required, brought from almost all over the country?” he asked.
He also asked to clear Interior’s role in this plot. “Did I hear wrong? The minister wasn’t informed of the operation? This is a ministry of the Interior and Public Security, whose head is the ministry of the Interior if one is going to send a battalion informs the general, because that is why it is necessary to know what the degree of information that the ministry of the Interior had,” he said.
Minister Delgado clarified that “I have never said that I had no information, I never said it,” while the director of the POI tried to defend the institution’s deployment. “We are not an autonomous police officer (…) I understand that there is a different political reality in La Araucanía but that is not a factor in not complying with court orders,” he said.
Espinosa insisted that in Temucuicui it operates “a criminal organization with high firepower”. “We don’t know how many people are there, because they didn’t allow them to be censored. We estimate that there are 150 families, about a thousand people,” he said to justify the scale of the operation.
The director of the civilian police added that “the POI lacks political support”, and earlier in the Human Rights Commission of the Chamber of Deputies denied that the DD.HH. had been violated in the police procedure in La Araucanía. “We don’t accept being told that we violated HRDs, let alone treated an innocent little girl badly,” she said of the bullied detention of Guacolda, the daughter of Camilo Catrillanca in which case the Ombudsman’s Office filed an appeal.
The look on the right
From the right, parliamentarians such as MP and former supporter Andrés Molina argued that “here is a reality of organized crime, of high caliber weapons”, while Senator RN Marcela Sabat felt that in the area “there is a political problem that does not come down to a police problem”.
For the president of the instance, Felipe Kast, “here is a debt to the Mapuche people, but it has nothing to do with drug trafficking. These criminals occupy the facade of the Mapuche people.”
The senator of Evópoli also focused on the lack of advancement of security laws den the Legislative and regretted that Congress has been “quite un collaborative in these matters” as with the rejection of the project of the theft of wood in the House.