At around 01:05 hrs on August 28, 2019, two individuals placed an incendiary device inside a building in the heart of the city of Talca.
At the intersection of 4 and 5 Sur and Oriente streets at number 755 is the parliamentary office of Senator Juan Antonio Coloma, from the far-right Independent Democratic Union (UDI)* party.
The device was comprised of gas balloons that ignited causing a fire that had to be extinguished by firefighters. LABOCAR (Carabineros Laboratory) and IAPA (Police Investigations) experts arrived at the scene, commanded by prosecutor Claudia Díaz, who is carrying out the investigation. According to the media, leaflets were found at the scene with the following text: “Stop the TPP (Trans-Pacific Treaty) by all means. For a combative September. Freedom for Commander Ramiro“.
In response to the happily incinerated office of the senator, the Undersecretary of the Interior, Rodrigo Ubilla stated: “We are going to get to the bottom of this. We hope the investigation can quickly apprehend and bring to justice those responsible, so that these types of violent acts are strongly condemned.” Meanwhile Senator Coloma pointed out: “No one knows who could be targeted next with this type of thing. Political violence must be confronted with determination.”
*Translation note: The Independent Democratic Union is a Chilean far-right political party, founded in 1983. Its founder was the lawyer, politician and law professor Jaime Guzmán, a civilian who collaborated with Augusto Pinochet and a member of the Opus Dei.