Gabriel’s administration Boric appointed as his replacement the Commander in Chief of the Submarine Force, Rear Admiral Juan Pablo Zúñiga Alvayay.
The Government of Chile requested this Thursday the removal of the head of the state of emergency in the Bío Bío region, Jorge Parga Balaresque, in charge of the deployment of military troops in the South Macrozone, reported the local Bío Bío site.
The administration of Gabriel Boric appointed as his replacement the Commander in Chief of the Submarine Force, Rear Admiral Juan Pablo Zúñiga Alvayay.
Although he had initially been ratified in his post after the declaration of a state of emergency by La Moneda, Parga was questioned by human rights movements , due to the fact that in 2019 it issued a statement in support of Leonardo Medina, a marine convicted of running over and killing the activist Manuel Rebolledo in the framework of the Social conflict.
This Wednesday, the Justice for Manuel Rebolledo Collective released a statement in which it repudiated the appointment of Parga, who, they pointed out, “had no qualms” in defending a “murderer”. On the other hand, the presidential delegate for the Bío Bío, Daniela Dresdner, acknowledged shortly after the state of emergency came into force “logistical problems” in the deployment of Armed Forces personnel in the aforementioned district and in Araucania.
Boric has maintained the state of emergency, despite the fact that he had criticized the use of this measure during his campaign for the Presidency.
The Government now justifies its implementation in the Southern Macrozone in the face of the “increase in acts of violence”, ranging from the burning of trucks to attacks on police checkpoints, events attributed to the territorial conflict over the claims of Mapuche communities.
This Wednesday, Fidel Tranamil, a ‘machi’ leader from lof Rofuwe, in the Padre de las Casas commune, urged the Chilean government to open dialogue in the face of the dispute, but without “bloodstained rifles” on the table.