Jorge Rojas, head of Chile’s police force for western Santiago promised to investigate charges that police have been attacking gays. According to the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Freedom (MOVILH) police recently entered a night club and began beating up gays. A man heard a policeman say: “You are the scum of society, you two weren’t born, your mothers shit you out.” The two men were arrested, taken to the police station, and again beat. Interior Minister Jimenez believes that while top level police leaders are urging respect for gays, “the lower ranked police who violate this principle have not been punished. This can’t continue.”
Information from The Santiago Times
It is traditional in most Latin American societies for police and lower rank army personnel to be drawn from rural areas where people are extremely conservative in their social values. This often translates into a divergence in views between the better educated urban elite police and army leaders and men in the lower ranks.