Everything seemed to indicate that the strike of the gendarmes would end today and after the marathon day, full of uncertainty, after 2:00 PM the gendarmes adopted the latest proposal of the executive and dethroned the national strike, which was extended by four people. days
Secretary of State, Hernán Larraín, described this agreement as "a very important event for the government of President Sebastián Piñera" because "from day one, managing the current administration was a voluntary and decisive act of our government, recognize and seek the best ways to achieve the highest dignity of prison employees".
In addition, the minister said that "the gendarmerie was a service that governments in the past did not give a proper rank. The country should recognize their enormous contribution to a very important issue of life." That's why President Piñer asked us on the first day we were looking for ways to improve many aspects, but one very important thing, the situation of those who work in the institution. "
"Therefore, despite serious fiscal policy and economic difficulties that we have not yet been able to resolve, serious and responsible efforts have been made that allow us to develop in aspects that are very necessary and vital for prison employees, very pleased with this achievement" – he added. authority.
Finally, the Minister of Justice argued that although this agreement for the government is necessary, it is not the only one that modernized the gendarmerie: "We want it to be loved and respected by all Chileans", and for it, it announced three basic pillars: a career , infrastructure and appropriate equipment as well as central aspirations for reintegration as the main goal.
It should be remembered that on Thursday, the radicalization of the protest by the gendarmes with a call for accommodation in prisons and the start of a hunger strike by officials was shamed by the government. The tension recorded in the morning in access to Penal Santiago 1, when the special forces of Carabineros faced with penitentiary officials, triggered an alarm in the authorities through the mediation and political impact of this fact.
Therefore, during the day the management decided to avoid public statements, and instead moved chips in a series of meetings on several fronts, especially in La Moneda, and the political authorities took power over the repetition of the broken negotiating table, get "white smoke" to go out and prevent the escalation of the crisis.
In this scenario of intense negotiations at the Palace, one could see justice minister Hernán Larraín, under-secretary of the portfolio, Juan José Ossa, government spokesman, Cecilia Pérez and the temporary director of the gendarmerie Christian Alvear. In the middle of this panorama, it turned out that at the end of the day a spokesman for deputy secretary Ossa appears, in whose hands public authority deposited the case. Although it was initially noted that the Minister of the Interior, Andrés Chadwick, would be responsible for establishing the position of the Contractor.
In any case, at this point everything pointed to the Interior, both from officials and the opposition. "From the Interior Ministry, Carabineros has been ordered to enter a complex of more than 200 people inside, carrying our mobilization in a peaceful way," condemned Marcos Aburto, leader of the Corruption Officers' Association (Anfup), regarding the incident in Santiago 1 morning.
At this point, the gendarmes kept their income blocked, with a clear slogan: "This territory is ours, they will not enter our unit." In this way, they prevented the passage of police officers who came with the intention of transferring prisoners to courts.
"Piñera follows the same dictatorship practices"
In the world of officials, the police presence was interpreted as a provocation. "The government intends to extinguish the fire with benzene, it does not mean an intransigent position of power," said the president of the Association of the Civil Service of the Gendarmerie (AFUSIG), Gonzalo Legal.
The leader also made a comprehensive comparison of this administration, stating that "when he threatens the Piña government with the same practices of dictatorship," he said, referring also to warnings about discounts and summaries made on the eve of deputy secretary Ossa.
From the opposition, they also warned La Moneda. "Conflicts at work are not solved or enslaved by violence or excessive police presence, this is not a way to exert pressure on the gendarmerie, now it is urgent to conduct a dialogue and discussion on the solution," said Deputy PS Gastón Saavedra, chairman of the Labor Committee of the Chamber of Deputies.
Another one who challenged the government's strategy was Senator Alejandro Navarro. "This morning at the USEP in Santiago, the Carabineros officers and gendarmes almost tried, if the uniformed police get into prisons, there is a risk that this will happen to the elderly, which should be avoided," he warned.
Navarro reminded that "the government militarized the speech, indicating that the gendarmerie strike is illegal and that it is against the state, and today orders FF.EE. Carabinerosa to place a bet in a penitentiary prison, ready for forced entry."
A call to dialogue
Meanwhile, Senator PS Alfonso De Urresti said that "every effort should be made to ensure that the gendarmerie conflict does not escalate" because "neither the hunger strike nor the mobilized discounts help to find a solution to this conflict."
This call for dialogue was strengthened by the deputy head of socialist MPs Marcos Ilabaca, who came to Penal Santiago 1 to provide support and solidarity to the PS parliamentarians for the Penitentiary Workers' Front.
"Unfortunately, the state of Chile, not only the current government, but all governments, are indebted to the gendarmerie, so it is necessary today that the Board sit down to dialogue in search of a solution to the problem that is in this context, we have turned to the government and we will insist that he was open to dialogue, "he said after meeting the gendarmerie.
The Labor Committee chairman also appealed to the Ministry of Finance to "take action in this matter and stop using messengers to solve the problem of unemployment of gendarmerie workers". "Because there is a deep problem with work, pensions and resources, we consider it necessary for the owner of the treasury to take responsibility and resolve the conflict." As for the rest, we only talk about workers' demands that can not be silenced by pressure, "Saavedra said.
In the midst of this panorama Senator Navarro announced that he would present a protective measure "against the ministers of internal affairs and justice, because it is not possible to dissolve the Piñera government in response to the demands of the gendarmerie in Chile, whether it is force or substitution."
The fear of the judiciary
The judiciary also took action in this matter, and the presidents of the Courts of Appeal in Santiago and San Miguel Dobra Lusic and Ana María Cienfuegos were established in the Justice Center, where detainees had to remain, due to the impossibility of being transferred to penitentiary establishments. His goal was to make a cadastre and review the situation of the accused who spent the night in the dungeons. Tomorrow, the fiscal judge of the Supreme Court, Lya Cabello, will also know the conditions under which they are accused.
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