The mayor of Iquique, Mauricio Soria, had words before the various acts of violence that occurred in the city of the Tarapacá region, after the viralization of a video where four Venezuelan citizens attacked two police officers.
Iquique has become a nerve center for violent events: marches against migrants, burning of camps and the recent attack on police officers. So in conversation with radio dna, Soria summed up the events. “The tension is maximum, practically a pressure cooker, but it is not from now. The attack on the police is the icing on the cake,” he asserted. Along the same lines, he assured that “more than a migration issue, it is a security issue.”
On the other hand, a call against migration in the city went viral on social networks, where they announced that they would burn camps and stone the press. Given this, Soria asserted that “it comes before the aggression” to the police. “What happened to the carabineros in Cavancha is what happened to the people of Iquique a month ago. That is the feeling of insecurity that has grown,” he declared.
According to the municipal authority, in the northern city “whoever wants comes and goes.” “We are handing over the Chilean border to organized crime and what the prosecutor is asking for: that Iquique and Alto Hospicio be treated as border zones, because here there is arms, people, and car trafficking,” he said.
In that sense, he made a comparison with the Los Libertadores border crossing. “The Iquique border is closed by decree. The entrance that is open is Los Libertadores. That is the Chile that is known. The Chile that is not known is the one in the north, the one in Tarapacá. We have more people than in Los Libertadores Whoever wants to come in and out, and the government has rested on health policies, crime has no nationality, “he snapped.
Soria specified that the military are on the border, but that, from his perspective, a global perspective is lacking. “What is needed is to provide the necessary protection. We understand that we are facing a global issue: the people who leave Venezuela are the largest transit in the world,” he said. “We have never seen the chancellor,” he concluded.