The socialist deputy for the Atacama Region, Juan Santana, officiated at the presidential delegate for that area to invoke the State Security Law against truckers who are holding a strike and blocking roads.
The legislator commented that “the blockade of the highways in the Atacama Region is not a simple protest against the Government, it is against all Chileans who want to move for work, health or whatever they want. Obstructing freedom of movement is serious and the State must apply all available tools so that this does not continue to happen.
Likewise, he called on the Executive to apply the law and clear the routes, since in the case of the Atacama Region there are certain sectors that have refused to put down the mobilization despite the efforts that have been made to reach agreements regarding to your demands.
Deputy Santana stated that “the Government has 1.5 billion dollars to complement the fund of fuel fund mechanisms. In addition, the Executive promised to freeze the price of diesel for three months. There are no valid reasons to block the free transit of Chilean men and women, no one is above the law.”
Meanwhile, the deputy for the Coquimbo Region, Nathalie Castillo, indicated that free transit must be guaranteed and the blockades that prevent flow to the La Serena-Coquimbo conurbation must be lifted, in addition to the Limarí Province where communes such as Ovalle and Monte Patria are located. .
“Not only is there a blockade of the route so that fuel for critical services arrives, such as the ambulance, firefighters and also some aid to victims of the Los Laureles sector. For this reason, we have spoken with the Undersecretary of the Interior, Manuel Monsalve, so that the clearance of the routes can be accessed and thus guarantee such essential elements as, for example, tank trucks, which guarantee the human right to water, ambulances and other minor and major transport vehicles that guarantee good living in the province of Limarí”, he pointed out.
For his part, Senator Gastón Saavedra also joined the request to the Government to invoke the State Security Law for mobilized truckers.
In the parliamentarian’s opinion, “they may have legitimate demands, but they cannot obstruct the roads when they want to.”
“This union is a privileged power group in the country to which all Chileans subsidize the fuel they use, but that does not give them the power to obstruct the free movement of people whenever they want,” said Saavedra.
The socialist senator added that “we all want solutions against crime and we are all there because there is more security, but it cannot be allowed to have a wide sleeve for a union that hinders traffic on our roads.”
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