Chile Headlines: Piñera Visits Ground Zero, Zamudio Funeral, Day of the Young Combatant
Brother of Daniel Zamudio calls for Peace
Diego Zamudio, brother of recently slain Daniel Zamudio, has called for a day of peace today in order to “avoid more bloodshed”.
“We are grateful that so many people have sent their best wishes to us through social networks, by phone, and in person; we only want to thank you and ask that you join my brother now in a spiritual, peaceful manner,” Diego said with respect to Daniel’s funeral, which will be held this morning at 11:30 in the Cementerio General.
“The idea is that there be no bloodshed here, that no one raises their hand in anger. It would do no good; on the contrary, it would only fill the soul with emptiness and no one benefits from that,” he said.
“The only way to overcome is to struggle for peace, for equality, and for an end to discrimination.”
President Piñera Tours Disaster Zone in Japan
President Sebastián Piñera’s visit to the Japanese city of Minamisanriku, one of the cities most devastated by the tsunami of 2011, marks the end of his tour of Asia that included Vietnam, the Republic of Korea, and Japan.
Upon landing in Sendai in the Miyagi province, Piñera went made a tour of the city center before visiting the coastal town of Minamisanriku, according to sources in the government.
“Both our countries have experienced natural disasters and have faced enormous adversity. Far from being broken, however, we have managed to dry our tears, pull ourselves together, look to the future and put forward the best of ourselves in order to rebuild out countries,” declared Piñera during his visit.
Over 200 Arrests on “Young Combatant Day”
There were 228 people arrested and 22 injured throughout the country, among them seven carabineros, during yesterday’s “Day of the Young Combatant” uprisings.
Undersecretary of the Interior, Rodrigo Ubilla, released the official figures this morning after an entire day and night of dealing with young people who thought it would be a good idea to go out and participate in some anarchy.
Between Tucapel Street and Santa Rosa, a bus belonging to the Subus company was partially burnt, and on Walker Martínez Street and La Florida, hoodlums set a truck on fire.
There were also brief exchanges of gunfire between combatants and carabineros.
Ubilla explained that the violence was “relatively minor”, but that it called attention to the use of firearms, especially among underage citizens.