Children and adolescents may not be on the street without the company of an adult between 12:00 midnight and 5:00 in the morning.
The Municipal Council of the Chilean commune of Zapallar, in the province of Petorca, approved by majority a controversial ordinance that prohibits minors from going outside without the company of an adult between midnight and early morning.
With five votes in favor, one against and one abstention, the resolution that “seeks to regulate and protect the integrity of minors who pass through the commune at night in criminal situations or incivilities” was approved, the Municipal Council portal collects.
The time slot in which minors will not be able to stay outside their home, without a “responsible adult”, goes from 12:00 midnight to 5:00 in the morning.
The only exception will be granted to young people between the ages of 16 and 18, who must have the number of a contact who knows where they are and in what conditions.
What are the penalties?
Municipal staff will ensure that minors do not go out at night without company. If the ordinance is not complied with, the infraction will be sent to a family court and an economic fine will be imposed on the parents of between one and three Monthly Tax Units (UTM) or between three and five, in case of being a repeat offender.
In Chile, each UTM increases monthly according to the Consumer Price Index (IPC). In November, it corresponds to 60,863 pesos, approximately 64.7 dollars.
This sanction may be replaced by community work.
This ordinance has not been entirely well received and has been pointed out as a “curfew” against minors. However, the mayor of Zapallar, Gustavo Alessandri, considers that it is a preventive action that prevents minors from being “easy prey for criminals“.
“Politicians always accuse us of being late, when the problems are already unleashed. Now that we want to prevent, there are voices that criticize and I invite them to be proactive and seek the safety of our young people,” the press release states. City Council.
In a interview At 24 Hours, Alessandri maintained that it is not a “curfew”, but a “touch of prevention and responsibility“. In addition, he stated that minors are used “in criminal acts” and that some consume alcohol and “stay [afuera] Until the wee hours of the morning”.
In a tweet posted last week, the local authority wrote that “we must act with determination and dare” at “a time when crime is rampant and citizens plead for peace.”
At a time when crime is unleashed and citizens pray to live in peace, we must act with determination and dare. That is why this mayor proposes to the municipal council of #zapallar an ordinance that regulates the coexistence of minors in public spaces. https://t.co/TztowMnLzL
— Gustavo Alessandri B (@GAlessandriB) November 16, 2022
In Zapallar, where the arrival of tourists for the summer season in South America is expected, there are luxurious spas and accommodations.
Reactions in the networks
The issue has generated conflicting opinions on the networks, where some Internet users consider that supervising the hours in which minors are away from home is the responsibility of their parents and not of the authorities, while others think that it is a timely measure.
The wea of the Zapallar ordinance is a matter for parents who are bothered by educating and setting limits for their children, so they expect the Municipality to come and do it xd. Sorry, but if I were a dad I wouldn’t need an ordinance for my children. If they weren’t out in the street at 3 AM.
— Magnanimous Minimum 🐧 (@Minimo_mc) November 21, 2022
What does a minor have to be doing alone on the street between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.? I strongly support the measure of Gustavo Alessandri, mayor of Zapallar, and an ordinance that prohibits minors from wandering alone at night. It should be Republic law!
— MaxiPatriota 62% 🇨🇱 CHILE: One Nation. (@MaxiPatriota) November 18, 2022
In a trill, someone wonders if this ordinance does not leave the upbringing of children and adolescents in the hands of the State.
Because of the curfew for children and adolescents in Zapallar and those who are saying “I support” the mayor’s ordinance: haven’t we agreed that the State should not intervene in the upbringing of children and adolescents, but only their parents? Isn’t it that the freedom and responsibility of education belonged to them?🤔
— hucasys 🍀- From Chile, an underdeveloped country. (@Hucasys) November 17, 2022
In another interaction, a user questions the scope of the measure according to the social level to which the minors who commit the offense belong.
I already want to see the mayor of Zapallar when the first “minors” to appear on the street at night are daddy’s children.
— Le Jorgito (@LeJorgitoCL) November 22, 2022
Another tweeter, humorously, shared a scene from the American series ‘The Simpsons’, where the character of the Police Chief announces a curfew for children.
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