Police officers use water cannons to disperse protesters around La Moneda – REUTERS / JORGE SILVA – ARCHIVE
MADRID, Dec. 16 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Chilean Health in Resistance Movement has presented a study on Monday denouncing that among the components used in the water launched by the tanker trucks of the Carabineros riot police, there is caustic soda and pepper gas.RELATED
The study was carried out in collaboration with the College of Pharmaceutical and Biochemical Chemists of Chile after detecting several cases of patients affected with allergic reactions after being exposed to the liquid during the manifestations that have shaken the Andean country for weeks.
Given this situation, the MST decided to "submit two samples of water from the water lance car to molecular determination and physicochemical analysis," according to CNN Chile.
In response, the Director of Logistics of Police, General Jean Camus Dávila, explained that the chemical element used by police in the water is ortho-chlorobenzalmalononitrile, "widely used at international level fully complying with the regulations that exist in this regard at the level international".
This element is used by countries like "United States, Great Britain and many of Europe and even Latin America". "Carabineros de Chile uses it from the 70s to date," he said, according to the Chilean newspaper 'La Tercera'.
"Carabineros does not use caustic soda in its protocols. Within the protocols of action, public order control and crowd control, it is not even inserted in the manual of the use of force. There is no way to use this product in control of public order, "said Dávila. The general has stressed that if caustic soda had been used in the hundreds of recent demonstrations, thousands would be affected.
Protests in Chile broke out on October 17 for the fourth rise in the price of the subway in a few months but quickly escalated to denounce social inequality and demand a constitutional change.
More than 20 people have died from the repression of demonstrations against the Government, including five of which the National Institute of Human Rights (NHRI) has accused the security forces.
Piñera, who reacted initially declaring the state of emergency, apologized for not listening to the Chileans, announced a "social agenda" to meet their demands and remodeled the Government to carry it out.
In addition, the Chilean president has agreed 'in extremis' to a constitutional process that will be decided in a plebiscite next April. Despite this, the protests have continued.