PUBLIC STATEMENT, Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities, CRUCH
In its session of May 28, 2015, the Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities has unanimously agreed to publicly express its rejection of the acts of violence that have occurred within the framework of the legitimate right of the different social actors to the civic manifestation of their demands and proposals in relation to public policies.
In this context, unfortunately, excesses have been observed in the maintenance of public order by members of the police forces. We believe that it is very important that they act responsibly in the fulfillment of their duties, since the strength of the State that they represent must be developed in accordance with legal procedures and basic principles of proportionality. This action must contribute to civic coexistence and, of course, to respect for the exercise of civic rights in democratic societies. Repression damages those principles of coexistence.
We value the right of the different social actors to demonstrate in a peaceful and responsible manner. Likewise, we emphatically reject any threat or harm to people and public or private property. These actions do nothing to promote the legitimate claims invoked. Likewise, we reject the taking of university campuses for being contrary to the exercise of public rights and freedoms.
At the same time we want to publicly express on behalf of this Council our solidarity with the family of Rodrigo Avilés, a student at P. Universidad Católica de Chile, with his parents, his fellow students and his university community. Likewise, we wish you the most successful and prompt restoration of your health. We also sympathize with the student from the University of Santiago, Luciano Debrott and his family, who received a tear gas bomb in his right eye, in the framework of the student mobilization of May 14 just last and whose recovery is still uncertain.