The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, today gave his "total support" to the national police after the institutional crisis that broke out over the death of the Mapuche community member Camilo Catrillanca, who lost his life after the shooting of a uniformed man.
Piñera stressed that while the uniformed police do their work within the law "they will continue to have the full support of our government."
In a brief speech during the inauguration of the new director of Carabineros, General Mario Rozas, the president said that there are elements that force a deep modernization in the uniformed police.
"Both administratively, to ensure the probity and good use of public resources, and operationally, to maximize efficiency in the difficult work that Carabineros has to combat crime, drug trafficking, organized crime and terrorism," he added.
Piñera also defended the police by pointing out that they must be respected and that they have the right to use force when appropriate. Likewise, he said, they have the right to defend themselves when they are attacked.
"That right the government knows, promotes and respects, emphasized the president.
General Mario Rozas took over as general director of Carabineros, after the departure of Hermes Soto in the middle of one of the most serious institutional crises that this institution has suffered after the crime, on November 14, of Camilo Catrillanca, who was shot in the neck by a policeman.