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Congress condemns threats against members over Constitution disappointments

Now that Chileans have resoundingly rejected the proposed constitution, a new constitutional process begins, but not without immediate pushback. Already, one hundred members of Chile’s lower house of Congress have received explicit threats to inhibit the search for a new constituent process. On Sept. 10, the harassed representatives complained to the Metropolitan Cybercrime Brigade.

On Sept. 4, almost 62 percent of voters rejected the proposed new constitution drafted by the Constituent Convention. Although the majority of Chileans are not ready for the changes posited by the aborted draft, many believe a new constitutional process should be initiated. 

Disagreements over technicalities are expected, considering the significant disapproval of voters and the right-wing parties, but members of Chile’s Lower House of Congress have already started working on a new proposal. And for that, they are already feeling the heat. 

One hundred representatives have received threats via email for their efforts – so many and so fiercely against a new constitutional process that, on Saturday, Sept. 10, they had to take formal action.

Raul Soto, president of the Lower House, said, “Those who are responsible for the explicit threats that various parliamentarians have received by mail, they are not going to intimidate or stop us on the inevitable path of dialogue and agreements to enable a new process of constitutional change.”

Thus, in view of the seriousness of the threats, the legislators, together with General Secretary of the Senate Raúl Guzmán, have lodged a complaint with the Metropolitan Cybercrime Brigade. The complaint was presented to Commissioner Patricia Rojas, chief of the Cybercrime Brigade of Chile’s Investigations Police.


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