[Pnews] Chilean Students Demand Release of Prisoners From Social Unrest

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Students Demand Release of Prisoners From Social UnrestJuly 8, 2021

Students on Thursday occupied the headquarters of the National Institute of
Human Rights (INDH), in Santiago de Chile, calling for the release of
prisoners of the popular revolt that broke out in October 2019.


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The students, members of the Coordinating Assembly of High School Students
(ACES), also called for the release of Mapuche detainees.

Spokespeople of this organization told the media that they occupied the
INDH offices because it has not strongly taken a stance on human rights
violations in the country.

The students put posters and banners on the outside fence of the building,
in which they called for justice for the people who are being held in
custody without due trial, many of whom have been in this condition for
more than a year.

The AES said in a statement that this situation "is a reality hidden by the
government and the institutions, but which they caused and perpetuated by
creating laws aimed at criminalizing social protest."

Precisely, on Thursday, the members of the Convention that will draft the
new Constitution of Chile, are discussing a statement on this issue at its
headquarters in the former National Congress.

Likewise, a proposal to pardon these prisoners is advancing in Senate
commissions amid strong controversy.

The government completely refused to address this issue, claiming that
these are people who committed criminal acts and have been sanctioned by
the courts.
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