Chilean President Gabriel Boric in an official car after an action in Santiago. Photo: AP
Two violent acts of insecurity have put Gabriel Boric’s Government in Chile on alert in recent hours. A presidential custody chauffeur is robbed, abducted and shot on the arm when the official car was brought to the Palacio de la Moneda, and Defense Minister Maya Fernández Allende suffered an attack on his home, where his wife and son were.
The gun attacked the driver of the group of the president’s bodyguard of the group of people who stole the official vehicle. The driver, a sergeant from the Carabineros police force, was alone in the vehicle, south of the capital, back at the presidential Palacio de La Moneda to leave the car.
On the way, he was approached by three criminals who took him to the town of Colina, where they attacked him, shot him in the arm, left him and took the vehicle.
According to the Undersecretary for Crime Prevention of the Government of Chile, Eduardo Vergara, the officer works in the “extended team” of the presidential guard group, but is not a direct bodyguard of the president.
The victim left wounds ballistic impact, as well as cuts to the cheekbone and scalplocal media reports.
Defense Minister Maya Alejandra Fernández, during the official presentation of Gabriel Boric’s government cabinet. Photo: EFE
The police were assisted by a passerby near the scene and helped him get to a police station, where he was taken to a hospital.
For their part, three armed individuals entered the home of Defense Minister Maya Fernández, grandson of former Chilean President Salvador Allende, to steal items and vehicles.
He was not at home, but his wife and son, who were slightly injured.
“We must redouble our commitment to salvation (…) We need to raise efficiency levels to deal with crimes in Chile, ”Undersecretary Vergara warned.
Shock at the death of a journalist
The violence shocked Chile a few days ago with the death after ten days of suffering of journalist Francisca Sandoval, who was shot in a march on May 1 on the occasion of Labor Day.
The 29-year-old chronicler was hospitalized more than 10 days after receiving a bullet in his face when he covered the Central Classista de Trabajadores (CTT) march for community media Señal 3 de La Victoria, in the Meiggs neighborhood , in the center of Santiago.
Protesting and demanding justice after the death of journalist Francisca Sandoval. Photo: AFP
According to reports from the Chilean government, Sandoval’s killer was Marcelo Enrique Naranjo, 41, identified through audiovisual records spread on social networks and currently in preventive detention.
“Violence is damaging democracy and families can no longer be restored. Our commitment is to security and justice, and we will not rest on that goal,” Boric said on Twitter.