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Chile: Police Force files complaint against feminist collective for allegedly inciting violence against them in video

15 July 2020
Image: Members of Las Tesis in video Manifesto Against Police Violence / YouTube

 

16 June: The Chilean Police Force–Carabineros de Chile–have denounced the feminist collective Las Tesis for alleged crimes of “attack on authority” and “threat”, after the collective published a video against police violence on 27 May on YouTube, reported El Diario.

The recording, called Manifesto Against Police Violence, was produced in collaboration with the Russian feminist activist group Pussy Riot. During the video, the activists demonstrate peacefully outside of the police station. However, the complaint is filed against the lyrics (originally in Spanish):

“The government does not listen and renews the weapons of the police. Fire to the pacos [slang for police officers], fire to the yuta [slang for police force].”

The phrase is no longer part of the recording.

In a statement, the feminist collective argues against the accusations: “We are artists, we can say what we want because the literalness does not make sense here; we are in a field of metaphor, of poetry.” According to El Diaro, Las Tesis further criticised that they were not informed about the demand and that their lawyers have not had access to the complaint.

As reported by The Guardian, the response by the Chilean police towards the mass protests in 2019 has been classified as a violation against human rights by the UN. After the raise in Santiago’s metro fees, civil protests against inequality and high living cost took place in Chile.

Find out more about Las Tesis here.

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