Santiago under curfew

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Re: Santiago under curfew

#61 Post by Larry B. » Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:05 am

Yesterday, a university study confirmed something that the state was lying about and that we all knew: the “rubber bullets” they are using are 20% rubber and 80% various metals, including lead.

Demonstrations haven’t ceased at all, which is great.

And two nights ago, during a demonstration a guy suffered a heart attack. He was being attended to by the red cross and the police shot tear gas and pellets at the red cross, injuring one of them and (obviously) disturbing the CPR they were giving to this person. After that, they shot a few more tear gas cannisters and used a water cannon against them, and then they moved away. The guy died. The next morning, the National Doctors Association denounced this (and sued the state, I think) and demanded answers and decisions about this. They also announced that they won’t stop their duties.

I’ll be back on the streets tomorrow.

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#62 Post by Mescal » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:20 pm

Djiezes.

Fuck man!

Keep up!

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#63 Post by Larry B. » Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:29 am

I went to the protests on Thursday and Friday. After a university found out and denounced that the “rubber bullets” the police were shooting were 80% metal, they kept using them... until around Wednesday or Thirsday. On Friday, I only heard 2 or 3 shots (against the dozens of shots we received on the weeks prior.) Instead, they are shooting most of the tear gas cannisters directly into people’s bodies or faces. I was fortunate enough to evade one that would’d hit me on the hip, and one bastard cop shot one at a children’s face from about 15 yards. The kid was quickly attended to by first aid and those cops were showered by stones and had to retreat.

Friday was beautiful, again. Hundreds of thousands of people out in the streets, demanding the resignation of the dictator and more dignity for everyone.

Amnesty International released a report this week, condemning the use of excessive force and concluding that the regime had used a policy of punishment aganst civil descontempt (and obviously mentioning that there had been systematic HR violations.) The regime swifty rejected the report, claimed that AI hadn’t even attempted to meet with them (which they did) and then claimed that AI’s request had gotten lost in the midst of this social chaos. Finally, they claimed AI had been one of the organisations who started all this upheaval.

The UN mission that came to check on the HR status of things also left and should have a report ready soon, which is expected to be condemning.

Oh, and after AI’s report, the army and the police published press releases rejecting the report’s claims... which they’re not allowed to do AT ALL according to the constitution and other laws (these organisations shouldn’t take part of any political discussion, in theory.)

Anyway... I feel a bit like in the eye of the storm. This situation could end up with an actual improvement to our lives, or it could end up in a full-on coup with hundreds of political dissidents dead. The margins are quite narrow.

Have a lovely week, people.

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#64 Post by Larry B. » Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:45 pm

Today, around 1.5 million women demonstrated all over the country. It was beautiful. That’s around 9% of our population. Unbelievable.

In other news, in about 40 days we will vote as to whether we want a new constitution (this vote is predicted to be a landslide for YES) and whether we want it to be written by politicians + a group of elected or only by elected representatives.

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#65 Post by Larry B. » Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:46 am

Last night, our “president” gave his yearly public account. His popularity is awful, and basically everyone hates him and knows he’s the worst fuckup since the end of Pinochet’s dictatorship.

A few hours before his public account, he pardoned two human right criminals who had been condemned two years ago. It was an outrage.

So, people demonstrated in their houses by clanking pots or went outside to chant against him (while clanking pots). The fucking military arrived at a public square I was near to, and they just started ‘walking around’ in the middle of the crowd, holding their AK-47s or whatever weapon that is, just waiting to be attacked in order to retaliate.

After about 10 minutes, they left.

At exactly the same time, this “president” was talking about his government’s commitment to human rights and all that shit.

They really want to keep killing their own citizens.

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#66 Post by Larry B. » Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:43 am

Today, it was revealed that during the first two weeks of last year’s protests, the police shot over 104,000 rounds with their shotguns (each round containing 12 pellets, if that’s the right name).

Crazy.

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