Chile: Demand Justice for Gustavo Gatica

Gustavo was blinded after he was shot by the police during a protest in Chile. Take action to demand justice now.

In November 2019, amid widespread concern over rising costs of living and inequality, people across Chile came out in protest demanding "dignity". The world watched as millions demonstrated their yearning for change in the country. But they were met with excessive force by the authorities, and police officers loaded their guns with metal and rubber ammunition. 

On the 8th November, Gustavo Gatica, a 21-year-old student of psychology and an avid fan of music and photography joined the protests. Police fired into the crowds aiming at the upper body of protesters, and Gustavo was shot in both eyes. He was blinded permanently.

Even after enduring these injuries, Gustavo hopes that his blindness will help the world see what is happening in Chile; "I gave my eyes so people would wake up."

On the 20th August the National Prosecutor formally charged an officer with the attacks and injuries suffered by Gustavo and opened an investigation against him. Thanks to the actions of the people supporting Gustavo, we are one step closer to justice. Now we need to push for those in command of the police officers to be held to account.

Take action now and demand justice for Gustavo Gatica.

  • Call on the National Prosecutor, Jorge Abbott Charme, to investigate the criminal responsibilities of the commanders involved in human rights violations during the period of social unrest, particularly those suffered by Gustavo Gatica. 

Dear Mr National Prosecutor, Jorge Abbott Charme

Psychology student Gustavo Gatica was at a protest in the capital, Santiago, when police shot ammunition into the crowd in ways they shouldn't have. Gustavo was struck in both eyes and was blinded. Commanders in charge didn't stop these officers. They let this violence continue unchecked for weeks. 

I call on you to investigate all those responsible for Gustavo's shooting, especially commanders. They had a duty to avoid the misuse of force, but failed to fulfil it. Gustavo must live with the consequences of their failure forever. He deserves justice, truth and reparation.

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