Chile: Youth sentenced to 5 years and a day for throwing a molotov during the Day of the Youth Combatant 2012

from liberaciontotal, transl waronsociety:

On March 29, 2012, during the commemoration of the Day of the Youth Combatant, Camilo Valdes Mateluna was arrested on Américo Vespucio Avenue and Divino Maestro Street in the Cerrillos neighborhood, a western part of Santiago. After erecting barricades, encapuchadxs [‘hooded ones’] there had thrown molotov cocktails at a carabineros police armored truck, and the truck was able to dodge the attack and the molotovs broke on the pavement.

Camilo has been in preventive prison since his arrest on March 29 and was charged under the arms control law the day after he entered the prison.

Finally on January 17, 2013, the Fifth Oral Court in the prison sentenced him to 5 years and one day; the prosecutor Jose Solis was delighted about the sentence: “The court was able to understand the particular circumstances in which the acts occurred, where one could not cordon off the site of the event because carabineros are dedicated to maintain public order, and it is not viable to recover scientific evidence, and, in the end the accused was sentenced.”

The case is being pointed to as one of the first where prosecutors have achieved a sentence for throwing molotovs under such circumstances.

Any information you may have about Camilo’s imprisonment, we ask to be send to the email publicacionrefractario[at]

Neither sentences nor trials will stop the struggle in the streets!

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