On Friday evening, officials of the Caribbeanrose police force used teargas and a pile of high-pressure water planes to disperse protesters protesting at Plaza Italia, where pockets of violence erupted amid heavy police presence.
The video shows a 16-year-old boy tied by a police officer above the bridge railing. The boy fell into the muddy concrete channel of the Mapcho River, where he was motionless, plunged into shallow water.
“After the protesters ran away, we saw the moment in which the officer intervened [the boy] And threw him off the bridge, “Pavel Pavelic Joffre, who led a company of volunteers in protests.
“We managed to bring two of our group down to her aid, and after stabilizing her position the fire brigade was able to lift her away from the river to take her to the hospital.”
Carabinos spokesman General Enrique Monares, while addressing the incident in a television address, did not deny the force’s responsibility for what had happened, but said that in his opinion, the boy “lost his balance and fell during the arrest.”
He said that the force had its own set of videos that absent it due to faults, although they did not reveal what they showed.
The boy was asked to be in a stable condition at the Santa Maria Clinic, where the incident occurred.
As images began circulating on social media, Carabineros faced renewed pressure to act on an alleged culture of cruelty.
Opposition politicians called on General Mario Rojas, head of the Caribbeaneros, to resign after a string of alleged human violations.
There has been a wave of protests in Chile since October last year against a host of widespread inequality and systemic injustice. The ensuing police action has been condemned internationally.
The Chilean government lawyer has said that in October last year, 8,575 alleged human rights violations have been carried out by the Carabineros in suppression of protests, and resulted in only 16 police agents standing up.
A series of cabinet reshuffle since the protests began has resulted in the three men being put in charge of the interior ministry, yet the police have retained the government’s support despite several allegations against them.
In a number of international missions, including a delegation for human rights sent by the United Nations High Commissioner, Michel Bachelet, a former President of Chile, went into detail of several violations including atrocities and sexual exploitation that occurred several times during protests.
However, President Sebastian Piñera used his address just two weeks before the General Assembly of the United Nations to value the respect for human rights around the world.
Chile’s constitutional referendum will be held on 25 October. In the wake of the latest scandal covering Carabineros, calls went out on social media for further protests to be held over the weekend.