Chilean Chamber of Deputies Approves Extension of State of Emergency in Southern Macrozona Region

The Chilean government extends the state of emergency in southern regions, citing decreased rural violence and crime after security operations. This move aims to maintain stability in the affected areas.

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Chilean Chamber of Deputies Approves Extension of State of Emergency in Southern Macrozona Region

Chilean Chamber of Deputies Approves Extension of State of Emergency in Southern Macrozona Region

The Chilean Chamber of Deputies has approved a new extension of the state of emergency constitutional exception in the Araucania region and the provinces of Arauco and Biobio in the Biobio Region. This extension will come into effect on May 5, 2024, once the current decree expires.

Since the beginning of the state of emergency, Carabineros, the Chilean national police force, has carried out 453,778 controls and arrested 1,020 people in the affected areas. The government has reported a decrease in rural violence events, usurpations, arson attacks, road closures, and incidents involving firearms in the Southern Macrozone region compared to the same period in 2023 and 2021.

Government officials have stated that the measures implemented under the state of emergency have led to the lowest figures of violence and crime in the region over the last four years. The extension of the state of emergency aims to maintain the improved security situation and further reduce criminal activities in the Southern Macrozone.

Why this matters: The ongoing state of emergency in southern Chile highlights the government's efforts to address long-standing issues of rural violence and conflict in the region. The extension of the exceptional measures reflects the perceived need for continued security operations to maintain stability and protect local communities.

The decision to extend the state of emergency comes amid reports of decreased violence and crime in the Southern Macrozone. Minister of Interior and Public Security, Rodrigo Delgado, emphasized that "these measures have led to the lowest figures in the last four years" in terms of rural violence, arson attacks, and other criminal activities in the region.

Key Takeaways

  • Chilean Congress extends state of emergency in Araucania, Biobio regions.
  • Police conducted 453,778 controls, arrested 1,020 in affected areas since start.
  • Government reports decrease in rural violence, arson, road closures, firearms incidents.
  • Extension aims to maintain improved security, further reduce criminal activities.
  • Measures led to lowest violence, crime figures in the region in 4 years.