Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
The Univerity of Chile plans to file a criminal complaint after an 18-year-old student lost the sight in his left eye when he was allegedly shot by cops during the ongoing uprising.
According to the University of Chile, theatre student Vicente Munoz was shot six times with a pellet gun and one of the pellets hit his left eye during protests in the city centre of the Chilean capital Santiago.
The victim’s sister Paula Munoz told local media: “One of the policemen pointed at my brother’s upper body from an armed car which was two metres away and he shot […] he (Munoz) had to be rescued because he fainted on the floor.”
Ophthalmologist Rosa Balcells who performed surgery on Munoz’s eye at the Salvador Hospital confirmed he has lost sight in his left eye as a result of the injuries.
The dean of the University of Chile Ennio Vivaldi said the institution will file a criminal complaint about the incident and he has also condemned the use of weapons during protests in the city.
Vivaldi told local reporters after visiting Munoz in hospital: “The number of cases we have seen is such that many of us wonder to what extent it is intentional to attack peaceful protesters that way.”
He added: “We should never see attacks with pellets to the face from two metres away again, this has to stop right now.”
The University of Chile also denounced the use of pellets against protestors in a Twitter message on their official profile, writing: “We condemn this and all attacks on students and protesters. We demand the use of guns to suppress peaceful protests be stopped”
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