On Dec. 9, 2020, Senate President Adriana Muñozel promoted the bill that must also be debated in the Security and Constitution Commissions.
Excepting people prosecuted for terrorist crimes, the bill seeks to annul the criminal liability and cancel the penalty to those who were imprisoned for participating in protests, rallies, and demonstrations since Oct. 7, 2019.
In early January, the Supreme Court reported that 26 protesters remained in preventive detention. Senators, however, claimed that the number was higher.
ESTA PASANDO | LA MONEDA Agrupaciones y familiares de presos presas de la revuelta se manifiestan Alameda/Morandé, en espera de la votación del senado por proyecto de indulto. (12:40) pic.twitter.com/Jg7gHCdEre
The meme reads, "Activists and political protesters' relatives demonstrate in Alameda-Morande, awaiting the Senate vote on the pardon bill."
Although the bill recognized that the acts committed by the detainees were punishable under current laws, it mentions that the State committed notorious abuses during the arrest of citizens and their subsequent unjustified detention.
President Sebastian Piñera's spokesperson Jaime Bellolio announced that his government will veto the bill arguing that it is a "bad sign" as it justifies violence.
Within the Senate, the bill needs 22 out of 43 votes to be approved.