Despite having received blunders on his arrival at O’Higgins Park by a group of adherents of the Chilean extreme right, President Gabriel Boric said that “it was an honor” to have led his first Military Parade as Head of State, on the Day of the Glories of the Army. The President was proud and happy “to see this act of subordination of military power to civil power, where the history of our country is honored.”
Regarding the demonstration against him, President Boric stated that “expressions of opinion are always legitimate.” He recalled that he himself had been part of demonstrations many times in his life and, therefore, said he had no problem with “those who disagree with us expressing his opinion.” That yes, in line with the later declarations of the spokeswoman of La Moneda, he asked them “not to disrespect the institutions of the country, the Armed Forces, the Carabineros and all those who have carried out an impeccable Military Parade that I believe has been at the height of the history of Chile”.
Gabriel Boric appreciated that the military parade had “a gesture of austerity in the deployment of force.” And, declaring that he appreciates these republican spaces more and more”, he defined the event held in Santiago as “an act that praises the history of the Homeland and the Republic”.
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The one who also addressed the demonstration against the head of state was the minister of the General Secretariat of Government (Segegob), Camila Vallejo (PC), after describing the military parade as exemplary, criticized that “the demonstrations of a small group of far-right adherents who came together to generate a protest against the President, but who ended up disrespecting all our institutions”.
The spokeswoman for La Moneda pointed out that there were shouts, expletives and rudeness, even in the raising of the flag and in the parade. In her opinion, “those groups that are motivated by hatred disrespected the Military Parade as a whole throughout the ceremony,” noting that most people witnessed the event peacefully.
In this sense, the head of the Segegob made a call, “especially to the republican sector and patriots who organized themselves to shout throughout the ceremony”, waiting for the condemnation of the political forces of that sector. “As they always call for non-violence, today we had a violent action on the part of the summoned groups. This is only a lack of respect for the presidential institution, also for our institutions such as the Armed Forces, order and security”, raised.
Minister Camila Vallejo also had words for the continuity of the constituent process, affirming that “in politics we have to be guided by convictions and by what citizens express democratically at the polls. These are not weekly polls.”
The President of the Senate, Álvaro Elizalde (PS), who declared that he had a privileged view of both the “limited” group that demonstrated against President Boric and the huge crowd of people who came to witness the Military Parade, commented that the event “It is an important tradition, it was impeccable, and it shows the relationship that should exist between the Armed Forces and civil authorities. The performance was first class and there was an impressive number of people at a family party.”
Regarding the blunders to the President, Senator Elizalde assured that “it was a fairly limited group that was located in the park early in the morning in order to have greater notoriety, but the number of people who arrived later was great.” And he maintained that “they are the same ones that a few days ago founded parliamentarians who are participating in the dialogue to advance in the constituent process, where UDI and RN parliamentarians are also included.”
“To some extent a tradition was tarnished and therefore it represents a lack of respect for those who paraded today,” criticized the legislator and helmsman of the Upper House, emphasizing that in any case “in a democracy there is freedom of expression.”
After the Military Parade, President Gabriel Boric said that he will first attend a toast with members of the Army and later he will travel directly to the United States in the company of the Ministers of Finance, Defense and Environment, to attend the UN General Assembly. “We are going to give an account of the moment that Chile is experiencing, of how we have been changing as a society, of our commitments to Human Rights (DD.HH) in the world, and by the way our commitment to respect international treaties,” he said. the President, regarding his participation in the UN, 50 years after the famous speech by Salvador Allende.
“We hope it will be a high-level trip. The President has an agenda that they already know and that is very intense. And we hope that dialogue will take place and that international collaboration prevails,” Senator Elizalde added about the presidential delegation’s trip. .
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