«Burning protesters with chemicals mixed in the water falls within the legal definition of the crime of torture, which is to cause suffering, among other purposes, to punish people,» said lawyer Luis Mariano Rendón.
The Supreme Court ordered Carabineros to report on existing protocols, in the face of chemical burns caused by water from water-throwing tanks, following a protective appeal filed by attorney Luis Mariano Rendón.Rendón stated that the ruling that «it is a positive sign that the Supreme Court at least orders Carabineros to inform Carabineros about the protocols in use. Until now, protection resources on this subject, as well as on the use of the riot shotgun, had been rejected for mere formal considerations.» The lawyer added that «it is relevant and is also a sign to the police, that the Supreme Court show interest in the substance of the abuse we denounce.» Burning protesters with chemicals mixed in the water falls within the legal definition of the crime of torture, which is to cause suffering, among other purposes, to punish people. That’s what Carabineros has done through mutilation and burns: punishing protesters,» he said. Regarding the criminal implications of these events, Rendón indicated that «these burns must also be part of the criminal investigation against Mario Rozas, former managing general of Carabineros, who, from the complaint that intersperses against him as of 2019, is carried out by prosecutor Ximena Chong».