The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, reiterated this Tuesday that does not intend to resign from office and promised that any allegations of abuses committed by security forces during social protests in recent weeks will be investigated.
In an interview with the British BBC network, the Chilean leader justified the declaration of the "state of emergency" in the country, as a "democratic and constitutional" tool, to "restore public order and protect" citizens.
Piñera explained that, during the last two weeks, "two phenomena of a very different nature" have coincided. "First, and this has been totally unexpected, there has been a huge wave of violence, violence that some people carried out in a very organized way. can't tolerate, goes against the law, "he stressed.
On the other hand, he also recognized as "legitimate" the right of citizens to "demonstrate, protest" and demand changes. "Of course, there are many complaints about the assumption excessive use of force or even crimes. If that happened, I can guarantee that you will be investigated by our prosecution and that you will be judged by our judicial system. There will be no impunity, "Piñera remarked.
When asked about the criticism that has raised his performance in this crisis and the collapse of his approval level, below 15%, according to the BBC, the president denied that citizens had lost faith in him and rejected the resignation. "I have faith, because my obligation as president, and I swore to fulfill that obligation, is to improve the quality of life of our citizens," he said.
He also said that the measures taken by his Government to meet the demands of the protesters, including changes in the Executive, are not simply aesthetic tweaks.
"There will always be people who will say that what we have done is not enough and that everything is cosmetic. How can it be cosmetic when we are doing things that have never been done in Chile," Piñera asked.
In this regard, he recalled that the problems affecting his country "have been accumulating over the past 30 years " and although he assumed his share of "responsibility," he said: "I am not the only one." "The important thing now," he said, "is how we will react as a society to what people ask."
Piñera also highlighted the big changes that Chile has gone through since it regained its democracy "in an exemplary manner" three decades ago.
"Since then, we have achieved reduce poverty from 65% to 8%. That is a success story, but everything changed two weeks ago and I hope it is for the better, "the Chilean president concluded.