Santiago, Chile: Incendiary attack against the Homicide Brigade of the Investigative Police station

from 325, transl. waronsociety:

On November 24, 2014 around 1:30 AM some encapuchadxs covered in white overalls stealthily approached the doors of the Homicide Brigade of the Investigative Police (PDI) located on Condell street a few blocks away from the University Academy of Christian Humanism.

Once the entries to the buildings were blocked with chains and padlocks, molotov cocktails were thrown inside and the car of a detective parked in the entrance to the guard of investigations was burned. The attack was circumstantially recorded from a nearby empty office building showed the speed and directness of the fiery barrage, with the police not able to respond nor open the chains and padlocks.

After the encapuchadxs escaped -presumably into the UAHC- the repressors were able to break the padlocks and along with a Tactical Reaction Team began to unload frantically into the University and against those crossing it in a desire for vengeance and a clumsy repressive response. The attack ended with 3 wounded cops, 1 personal car completely torched, and 2 of the institution’s cars burned inside the barracks without anyone being arrested.

The repressors quickly obtained the order and raided the University taking various material that seemed “of interest” or relating to the attack. According to the prosecutor, some parts of the overalls used in the attack were recovered, as well as the remnants of someone’s hair who according to police versions had been once of the assailants who accidentally burnt their hair.

Various members of power did not wait long to react and it was the chief of the attacked Homicide Brigade himself who said: “The attack had a level of preparation we have not seen before…We have never had an attack as bad as this. It is the worst because it was also premeditated, all of this was prepared.”

This is being supported by different member of parliament who are answering cries for the application of the anti-terrorist law in the indictments for the incendiary attack. Finally prosecutor Ricardo Jara decided to use the charges of transportation of an incendiary device, assault and arson, while the Minister of the Interior decided to apply the Law of Internal State Security, discarding “for now” the anti-terrorist law in this case.

It is worth mentioning that in September 2009, a group of encapuchados confronted the Investigative Police and repelled an arrest attempt, which culminated in a large confrontation with molotov cocktails against police bullets. Hours later compañeros Pablo Carvajal and Matías Castro were arrested and after spending months in prison they were able to get out. Link (ES)

Taking advantage of the repressive environment and the anti-terrorist hysteria, the miserable Alejandro Peña the ex- “anti-terrorist” prosecutor,  lawyer who defended narco-trafficking police- referred to the incendiary attack saying that inside the University there are people dedicated to “capturing young people to use them as a direct weapon against the state”….”Teaching is one thing but it is another thing when people take advantage of these circumstances to create an attractive pull in order to form anti-system groups…They join as professors and assistants, and the only thing they do is ensnare young people to use them as a direct weapon against the state. After many long investigations, there is always a point in which we get to people who join up in turn with this center…This is not the first time that we have seen some people who study or are part of the University’s network wrapped up in these types of actions. The education authorities should revise the network and study plans….These spaces are appropriated by insurrectional group who seek to make war on the state…this is happening at this central university, apart from the network and the professors the space is symptomatically used as a meeting place for ends other than the academic formation…we are up against extremely dangerous subjects who have knowledge of paramilitary techniques.”

A few weeks after the attack and in a triumphant voice, the head of the new “Complex Crimes Task Force” (an entity recently created in order to investigate the “offenses” relating to anarchist violence), subprefect José Luis López said: “In the long term we are going to have good results”, feeling blessed by the primary tool of repression: The cooperation of the students and neighbors in the vicinity, the cop ended the statement by saying “there is collaboration. All the citizens of this country try to cooperate. There is a big effort to solve this crime and that is what we are doing.”

As of now no group has claimed the attack and no graffiti or pamphlets were found in the area.


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