The government of the president Gabriel Boric presented this Wednesday, August 3, 2022, a series of measures to repair the victims of the human rights violations that occurred during the social unrest of October 2019, one of the most violent episodes in the recent history of Chili.
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The call Comprehensive Agenda for Truth, Justice and Reparationprepared by the Ministry of Health and JusticeTogether with the victims, it seeks to provide comprehensive care -including psychological treatment- to those who suffered loss of vision and eye damage and who have trauma as a result of those events.
It will also provide follow-up for the civil and labor reintegration of the victims, the government said in a statement.
Some of the victims were present at the presentation ceremony, held in the presidential palace of La Moneda. Among them was Senator Fabiolla Campillawho lost both his eyes and his sense of smell as a result of a tear gas canister that exploded in his head when he went to work.
Campillai sued the State before becoming a senator but the court case has not yet been resolved.
More than 400 people suffered eye damage as Chilean police used pellets and shots in the faces of demonstrators to contain the protests.
“I am existentially committed to the fact that this cannot happen again,” Boric said at the ceremony, stressing that the agenda is a step “on the path of justice and reparation for victims of state violence.”
So far, the victims have not obtained favorable court rulings or financial compensation from the State.
Other victims of the explosion will join the program over the next year, the government said.
The massive protests of October 2019 occurred in response to the demands of Chileans for a more dignified life, which would include better health services, education, pensions and end inequality in the South American country.
However, the protests were forcefully repressed by the police, leaving at least 31 dead and more than 3,800 injured, of whom at least 460 suffered eye injuries and two were blinded.
There were also reports of rape, sexual abuse and mistreatment in prisons.
With AP information