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BBC - Protests in Chile: the "epidemic" of eye injuries that call into question the Piñera government (World record of eye injuries by police force)

Serpens007

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We have a thread for the Chilean crisis, but this specific news got to a world record of eye mutilations by the police

"I don't know if you have seen the one eye that is left for a person who has exploded an eyeball, cry for the other eye, which also has damaged. Cry blood."

That asked a group of Chilean government officials, including the Ministers of Defense and Interior, Senator Alejandro Navarro, president of the Human Rights Commission of the Chilean Upper Chamber.
According to the Chilean Prosecutor's Office, 23 people have died since the mobilizations began. Five died at the hands of state agents and two others died while they were being held at a police station.

Meanwhile, more than 2,500 people have been injured during the protests, according to the Chilean Red Cross. And according to the National Institute of Human Rights (NHRI), there were at least 400 injuries from rubber bullet shots or pellets.
Both the Medical College and the Chilean Society of Ophthalmology (Sochiof) warned that during the first two weeks of protests almost 180 people suffered a severe injury to one of their eyes.

60% suffered a severe decrease in vision, while almost 30% were completely blind in one eye.

"World record"

Speaking to the Human Rights Commission, the president of Sochiof, Dennis Cortés, gave more details about the victims.

He said that more than 85% are men and that they are on average 30 years old.

He also said that about 30% "enters with the exploded eyeball, therefore there is no possibility of visual recovery in that eye."
It also has no precedents in the world.

"There is no number in the history of our specialty that supports these numbers that we have at the moment," he said.

"Moreover, when we talk about this internationally, making an exhaustive review of the number of cases of patients who have lost an eyeball due to the use of non-lethal weapons, the number is also very alarming and we sadly lead this figure, " assured.

"Making a review of the last 27 years, taking all published series regarding people who were damaged with non-lethal weapons in demonstrations or conflict areas - and I am including Israel, Palestine, Jerusalem, Gaza, among many others - in total they are more than 1,900 injured by pellets, and of them 300 had eye injuries. "

" We will have pr to virtually half that number in two weeks , " she complained.
Researchers at the University of California, Emory University and other health agencies in the United States analyzed the information collected between 1990 and 2017 in seven regions of the world.

They include US statistics. and some of the most conflictive areas on the planet, such as Israel and the Palestinian territories, Northern Ireland and southern Asia.

As Cortés pointed out, the report concludes that there were more than 1,900 injured by these projectiles. But there were not 300 who had eye injuries, as he said.

They were less: 261 (300 were those who suffered permanent disability in some area of the body).

This means that the 180 cases in Chile represent almost 70% of the total number of victims of eye injuries caused by rubber bullets between 1990 and 2017 (the 27 years mentioned by the president of Sochiof).
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This gets worse every day. That news piece is from yesterday. Today we get new numbers, and the first person who got his TWO EYES completely blinded by police shot, as the eye injuries are now past the 200 mark (we are getting close to surpasing 27 years of damage in the whole world, in four weeks)

A young university student identified as Gustavo Gatica was practically blind after participating in the demonstrations in the Plaza Italia in Santiago this Friday, after receiving pellets in his eyes.

According to the president of Human Rights of the Medical College, Enrique Morales, it is a young man of 21 years who on Friday at 18:00 received the impact of pellets directly to the face.

It would be the first person injured in both eyes by pellets or pellets, who is being operated this day at the Santa María Clinic, in an attempt to recover partial vision in at least one of his eyes.

Therefore, he called for the end of the use of non-lethal ammunition by law enforcement agencies against protesters, stating that there are more than 200 people who have lost some of their eyes throughout the country because of this cause.


United Nations system in Chile expresses rejection of violence and calls for "ceasing the use of pellets and pellets"


Three weeks after the start of the social crisis in the country, the United Nations System in Chile reiterated "its rejection of all forms of violence and its concern for the national situation, especially for the large number of dead and wounded . "

Through a public statement, the instance called “to immediately cease the use of pellets and pellets, which to date has caused hundreds of injured and more than 170 eye traumas, according to official figures from the National Institute of Human Rights ” .

Along these lines, they insisted that "the arbitrary and indiscriminate use of this type of non-lethal weapons constitutes a serious violation of human rights and violates the principle of proportionality . "





Chile Violates Human Rights. It's Government is being accused of using EYE MUTILATION as a form of crowd control. ACAB.


 

TheDoctor

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Oct 27, 2017
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Similar story with the gilet jaunes in France (but on a smaller scale):



"The increase in severe, blinding, traumatic eye injuries in France in the past 10 months could be related to use of [less-lethal] guns for crowd control".
 
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Serpens007

Serpens007

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Similar story with the gilet jaunes in France (but on a smaller scale):



"The increase in severe, blinding, traumatic eye injuries in France in the past 10 months could be related to use of [less-lethal] guns for crowd control".
Where does the French police learn their tactics? Chile has a close relation with Israel in that regard
 
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Serpens007

Serpens007

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Was Chile's government always this fascist and evil?
Since the return to democracy, not to this level. Piñera's first government saw a huge increase in police repression, where we saw hundreds of thousands in the streets for many different problems, but this second government turned everything to 11, where millions are now on the street unifying all the social demands, and Piñera being just behind Pinochet's tactics of Military and Police abuse. Other center-left government were repressive (ACAB) but not like this. Injured and riots were minimal even among the biggest protests.

They just took their masks off. Piñera's speeches are always about the "organized and dangerous enemy we already identify" (he said this in 2011 in 2012 too). But the arrested for the biggest outrages (like the metro burnings) is a 16 year old soccer fan, who threw something to a burning already started, and a 35 year old professor who destroyed a turnstile in a protest. The professor is being prosecuted as terrorist.
 

Mivey

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They just took their masks off. Piñera's speeches are always about the "organized and dangerous enemy we already identify" (he said this in 2011 in 2012 too). But the arrested for the biggest outrages (like the metro burnings) is a 16 year old soccer fan, who threw something to a burning already started, and a 35 year old professor who destroyed a turnstile in a protest. The professor is being prosecuted as terrorist.
Yikes, on both counts. Given that fucked up track record, the current (over) reaction to protests feels like a very natural progression.
 
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Serpens007

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Yikes, on both counts. Given that fucked up track record, the current (over) reaction to protests feels like a very natural progression.
It was a civil disobedience movement that found police exercising police brutality, even shooting, towards teenagers, it sparked a rebellion overnight in response. So to not lose power, they just thought it was a good idea to throw the military for a week, which increased protests. Even now without the military in the streets, it just never ends. Everyday is some new brutality. You can check this thread to know more https://www.resetera.com/threads/chile-awareness-thread-piñera-moves-to-reinforce-police-criminalize-masks-other-forms-of-protests-while-ignoring-human-right-violations-by-his-gov.147990/
 

Altazor

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And now the completely pacific protest/support activity outside of the clinic where Gustavo Gatica (the 21 years old kid who lost both his eyes to police shooting him) has been, unsurprisingly, repressed by police with tear gas.

Context: police protocol forbids policemen using tear gas anywhere near hospitals and clinics. Of course they literally DGAF 'cause they know nothing will really happen to them, probably a slap in the wrist and that's it. And our current gov't has reiterated their "full support" to the police.

Fuck them fascists.
 
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Serpens007

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And now the completely pacific protest/support activity outside of the clinic where Gustavo Gatica (the 21 years old kid who lost both his eyes to police shooting him) has been, unsurprisingly, repressed by police with tear gas.

Context: police protocol forbids policemen using tear gas anywhere near hospitals and clinics. Of course they literally DGAF 'cause they know nothing will really happen to them, probably a slap in the wrist and that's it. And our current gov't has reiterated their "full support" to the police.

Fuck them fascists.
How many times has that been already? Yesterday and now today another Hospital is gassed. They probably don't care because medics are on strike too against them.

Found a video on it


Piñera is gonna end hanged and we are gonna celebrate it seems
 
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Serpens007

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Power to the people. Piñera is pretty much done for, huh? Engaging war on the people you work for never ends well.
And you just know he's full of shit


That's the BBC Interview in English. How can you be sure he's full of shit? Well, In the interview, he says he has been there in the protests.

Protests against himself....
 
NYT: It's Mutilation: The Police In Chile is blinding protesters New
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Sorry for the bump


Here's the New York Time video about it. It's pretty graphic, and blunt: "It's Mutilation"

 

Ryu

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Oct 25, 2017
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Shit, this is crazy.. how can other countries and peace foundations just look away? This should be a global issue by now.
 

Adnor

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Cops said earlier that they will "lower" the use of anti-riot shotguns.

Yeah, of course I believe them /s
 
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Cops said earlier that they will "lower" the use of anti-riot shotguns.

Yeah, of course I believe them /s
The UN asked to stop using them

Government said "no"

Now Police says "from now on, we will use them in specific situations"


"FROM NOW ON", meaning that the indiscriminate use of these guns was totally accepted.
 
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Sounds like they're trying to figure out how to cause the most harm with non-lethal weapons. Really fucked
A known tactic, ramped up to 11

 

Agni Kai

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I watched the NYT video this afternoon. I didn't feel good after that. It's just a matter of time before someone actually dies on live TV because of the repressive police force.
 

Menx64

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Oct 30, 2017
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Piñera is gone beyond stupid already. With Evo gone, he needs to understand people will not back down anymore but until he is gone. If he was a racional person he would call for elections and run with his money. But, like most latinoamerican leaders he thinks he was sent by God to help us. Fuck Piñera.

Buenos deseos y saludos desde Costa Rica.
 
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Sorry for the bump


Here's the New York Time video about it. It's pretty graphic, and blunt: "It's Mutilation"


Jeez that's barbaric.

Props to the people continuing to protest even after losing an eye.
 

Rushersauce

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Oct 25, 2017
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Piñera is gone beyond stupid already. With Evo gone, he needs to understand people will not back down anymore but until he is gone. If he was a racional person he would call for elections and run with his money. But, like most latinoamerican leaders he thinks he was sent by God to help us. Fuck Piñera.

Buenos deseos y saludos desde Costa Rica.
Thanks! We really appreciate it.

And you're right, Evo set a milestone every cunt we have in L.A should follow. Piñera, Maduro and Lenin, follow the example given by Morales.