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(en) Chile: Public Statement by the FeL following the events of 8 September in Valparaiso [ca,it]

Date Fri, 16 Sep 2005 21:18:39 +0300

Following the events in the vicinity of the Universidad de Playa Ancha (UPLA)
on September 8 last to commemorate the 32 years of the dictatorship, where a
comrade in struggle was seriously injured at the hands of the Chilean
Carabineros, the Frente de Estudiantes Libertarios [Libertarian Students'
Front] declares as follows:
1. That for the commemoration of the 32 years since the4 military coup d'état,
over 300 students actively took part in a popular protest demanding justice for
the thousands of missing, murdered and tortured political prisoners. Besides
demonstrating our strength, we were demanding, as conscious students, some
answers for the millions of poor who in these 32 years of neo-liberal
dictatorship have watched as the "elite" has trampled upon their dignity.

2. That during this legitimate commemoration, the Chilean State and its
repressive aparatus attacked the crowd with inhuman violence, leaving seven
people injured in varying degrees of seriousness. The violence consisted in
shooting of tear gas canisters at body height and mass use of water cannons. Of
the seven injured, the most serious was the result of a cowardly multiple
violation which took place at about 1.00pm, the work of the driver of armoured
truck number LA-002.

3. Comrade Francisco San Martín Soto, from the Villa Alemana area, who is
studying for a Baccalaureate at the University of Valparaìso and is a
libertarian militant in the popular struggles, was left with multiple fractures
to the pelvis and the lower limbs after he was crushed against a metal fence on
the North side of the UPLA by a water-cannon truck. At present he is being
treated at the Pena Blanca Hospital. He is conscious and is resolved in his
intention to obtain justice for this assault and to continue in the fight for a
free people's university.

4. That we reject the unpunished actions of the Chilean Carabineros in this
latest terrorist attack against the county's exploited and oppressed people,
and that together with the family, we will be pursuing legal action against
those responsible to the very end. Furthermore, we will be engaging in every
type of activity possible in order to denounce what happened to as many as
possible and also collecting funds for our comrade Francisco's medical

5. It remains only for us to reaffirm our commitment to the revolutionary cause
which will continue in spite of the bourgeois State's lashing out at us, in
spite of the inhuman exploitation and oppression of those who seek a new world.
We welcome all demonstrations of solidarity from political and human rights
organizations e we appeal to all students, citizens, employed and unemployed
workers NOT to allow themselves to be intimidated and to continue to fight for
our rights and for our DIGNITY.

Against inhuman and authoritarian repression!

Onward with the popular movement in the libertarian struggle!


http://santiago.indymedia.org/news/2005/09/38233.php (Francisco being crushed)

Translation by FdCA-International Relations Office

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