Police Force’s complaint against feminist collective dismissed
On 4 January, the court ruled a dismissal on the legal complaint filed against the collective of artists Las Tesis by The Chilean Police Force (Carabineros de Chile) on the grounds of “attack on authority” and “threat”, reported France24.
According to the ruling, the expression “fire to the pacos [slang for police officers]” was used in an artistic context. Public prosecution could not prove any connection between the phrase used by Las Tesis and the attacks against police members.
Las Tesis expressed their gratitude in a Facebook statement to their lawyers, individuals, and organisations who supported them throughout the process. The collective also expressed the “hope that no artistic collective or artist in Chile will have to face a judicial process for the content of their works.”
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15 July 2020
Police Force files complaint against feminist collective for allegedly inciting violence against them in video
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.