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article imageChilean mayor threatens to feed drug dealers to fish

By Igor I. Solar     Jun 25, 2010 in Crime
Santiago - "We will put a stone around their neck and feed them to the fish,” said the mayor of Cerro Navia, a municipality of Greater Santiago. The city is facing serious problems with criminal activity caused by drug addiction.
Luis Plaza, mayor of the municipality of Cerro Navia, member of Renovación Nacional (National Renewal), the same political Party of President Sebastián Piñera, threatened on Wednesday to throw drug dealers into the ocean.
During a town hall meeting to celebrate the reduction of the crime rate in his jurisdiction, mayor Plaza declared:
"We are preparing the boats to throw drug dealers into the sea; we are going to put a stone around their neck and we will feed the fish,"
Cerro Navia and other municipalities in the outskirts of Santiago face problems with drug micro-traffic gangs whose activity has serious social consequences because of various crimes committed by addicts. Mayor Plaza has taken a tough stance on crime and has managed to reduce crime rates within his municipality.
Mayor Plaza’s statements were deemed particularly inappropriate because they bring back to the memory of Chileans what happened to hundreds of political opponents to the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, who disappeared presumably thrown into the ocean by the regime's security services.
Minister of the Interior Rodrigo Hinzpeter took pain in clarifying that "In Chile there is a rule of law, there is a Penal Code, and criminal behaviour, including drug trafficking, is dealt with penalties established in our criminal code,"
"We have judges to enforce those laws ... those in the Penal Code. Those penalties are not the ones hinted by mayor Plaza today," he said.
(Note: No links in English language media available yet about this news.)
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