Armed forces are not trained to interact with civil population.

Soldiers are trained to use force to conquer the enemy during combat. This makes them incapable of being in close contact with civilians. This is already a complex task for the police, trained to deal with citizens. It is even worse for Armed Forces.

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It weakens rights, especially of the poor.

Latin American countries that have opted for militarization register a profound impact on human rights, according to a study by CELS. These violations have gone from affecting the right to life, freedom, and physical integrity of thousands of people to worrying limitation of political and social fundamental rights such as the right to protest, to migrate and freedom of speech. The presence of the military in conflictive neighborhoods raises the number of lethal victims in cross-fire, including children.

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It is a short-term decision with high political costs, which diverts attention and resources from social problems.

Militarization does not solve delinquency or violence and it is at the same time an obstacle to think about real solutions. Hardening measures, a typical response of punitive demagogy, is justified by supposed popular demands for a “strong fist” but instead of translating these demands in democratic and inclusive policies, the feed violence and hate.

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History proves that it does not work

Brazil / 2018

[*] 10 months of intervention in the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
[*] Shootings were increased by 59%.
[*] More than 4 thousand killed.
[*] Death toll increased in 40% from police interventions alone.

Ecuador / 2019

[*] State of exception between October 2 and 13, 2019.
[*] Curfew from October the 8th until October the 13rd.
[*] 1192 were detained
[*] 8 died
[*] 1340 were wounded

Honduras/ 2017

[*] After electoral fraud manifestations, powers were given to the military between November 29 and December 31, 2017.
[*] Lasted one month
[*] 1085 were detained
[*] 30 were executed
[*] 232 were wounded

Mexico/ 2015 -2016

[*] Between 2015 and 2016, citizens called out the usage of excessive force from the military.
[*] 37 complaints for deprivation of personal freedom
[*] 12 cases of forced dissapearances
[*] 36 people tortured
[*] 372 complaints for cruel and inhuman treatment

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