A forestry worker and a farmer died this Tuesday in the city of Cañete after receiving two shots in southern regions of Chile, an area for which The Senate has approved this very day the extension of the state of emergency for another fifteen days.
According to Carabineros, a group of unknown individuals has shot up to six times at the truck that the farmer was driving and also at the president of the Alboyanco Surveillance Board in Angol, Joel Ovalle, 68 years old. According to the information reported by the Corps, the incident occurred on a road near Collipulli, in the region of La Araucanía, and Ovalle was rushed to a hospital with a gunshot to the head and other injuries. three gunshot wounds to the extremities. Later, the director of the Angol Hospital confirmed the death of the farmer to the authorities in the area and the Government, as reported by the newspaper ‘La Tercera’.
Previously, a group of hooded men attacked a forestry worker from behind in the rural area of Cañete, located in the Biobío region. According to police information, the attackers intimidated the victim and other employees by firing a firearm, which hit one of the workers in the back. From the Prosecutor’s Office they have ordered the attendance of personnel from the Homicide Brigade of the Investigative Police to carry out the proceedings aimed at locating the perpetrators of the crime.
State of emergency
These events have occurred on a day in which The Chilean Senate has ratified the extension for another fifteen days of the state of emergency in four provinces in the south of the country: Bío Bío and Arauco, in the Bío Bío region; and Cautín and Malleco, in La Araucanía. The Chilean Upper House has approved the measure, promoted by the Government, for which the state of emergency is extended for the seventh time until February 9, in force in said territories since mid-October, a measure that allows the deployment of the Forces Armed in order to guarantee security control.
Last day, ministers from the Government of Sebastián Piñera defended the extension of the measure, alluding to a substantial improvement in the security situation in these provinces. The person in charge of the Interior and Public Security portfolio, Rodrigo Delgado, highlighted that, while last year was “especially violent” in the area, the last three months –since the exception rule came into force– have been “one of the quarters with less violence in recent times”. Similarly, the Minister of Defense, Baldo Prokurica, stressed that the state of emergency “is not only the work on citizen security, (but) there is also work on the development of coordination with the mayors of these provinces “. Finally, Prokurica explained that violent acts have been reduced by 43%; usurpations by 73%; One and a half tons of drugs have been seized, and more than 4,500 mixed military operations have been carried out.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.