When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

Already a subscriber? Log in .

You've reached your limit of one free article.

Get unlimited access to Worldcrunch

You can cancel anytime .


Exclusive International news coverage

Ad-free experience NEW

Weekly digital Magazine NEW

9 daily & weekly Newsletters

Access to Worldcrunch archives

Free trial

30-days free access, then $2.90
per month.

Annual Access BEST VALUE

$19.90 per year, save $14.90 compared to monthly billing.save $14.90.

Subscribe to Worldcrunch

"Peruvians, I Will Cut Their Throats" And More From South America's War Of Navy Chants



VIÑA DEL MAR – The Chilean government has called an investigation to identify and sanction marines caught on tape chanting “Argentines I will kill, Bolivians I will shoot, Peruvians I will cut their throats.”

About 30 marine cadets from the Naval Polytechnic Academy were filmed chanting their offensive song as they were jogging along the coast of Viña del Mar. The video was filmed by tourists and posted online early February.

President Sebastián Piñera described the video as “highly embarrassing,” while Admiral Edmundo González, commander in chief of the Chilean Army, called the incident “unacceptable”. Chief-of-Staff Cecilia Pérez said it was “shameful” and did “not accompany at all the spirit of the institution.”

The Chilean Navy issued a statement saying it expressly rejects the offensive chant, reports La Nacion: “These practices distance us from the spirit and doctrine of the institution, which is why, we regret the events and reiterate that we will take necessary measures to avoid situations as this."

One of the most critical reactions was from Chilean Member of Parliament Hugo Gutiérrez, who said: “The song is an aberration, and it shows the double morale of the Chilean state, on one side it predicates understanding ways in international forums and in the Hague Tribunal, while on the other side there are army officials signing that they will kill Argentinians and decapitate Peruvians.”

Member of Parliament Gonzalo Arena did not agree, arguing: “I was a cadet 20 years ago and we sang the same things… they are ready to go to war. What does the Army expect? That cadets sing nursery rhymes?”

Argentina sent a letter affirming the values of "brotherhood and integrate that unite the peoples and governments of Argentina and Chile, as well as throughout Latin America." Bolivia, however, announced that they would sue, according to Clarín.

Argentinian cadets were quick to react with their own video, in which they chant: "Chilean be careful, because one dark night in your house, I will come and slit your throat, drink your blood and your underwear will stink.”

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.


Bombs, "Humanitarian" Pause, More Bombs: Journey With Gazans Uprooted By Israel's War

After last Thursday's announcement of daily, four-hour humanitarian pauses in the northern part of Gaza, masses of Palestinians fled southward. But the journey is anything but safe and easy.

Bombs, "Humanitarian" Pause, More Bombs: Journey With Gazans Uprooted By Israel's War

Palestinians fleeing northern Gaza on a cart pulled by a donkey.

Beesan Kassab, Noor Swirki and Omar Mousa

KHAN YOUNIS — “The road is difficult. We suffered a lot. It’s all walking and hardships,” says a 60-year-old woman describing her recent journey from northern Gaza to Khan Younis in the south of the strip.

The woman, who is suffering from kidney disease, says that she and her children, along with others who have been displaced by Israel’s relentless bombing of civilians in Gaza, were shelled four times as they moved south. “We started running. What else could we do?” she says.

For the latest news & views from every corner of the world, Worldcrunch Today is the only truly international newsletter. Sign up here.

But not everyone was able to outrun the Occupation’s strikes. Several people were killed and injured during the journey southward, she tells Mada Masr.

The woman and many others moved from northern Gaza after the White House announced on Thursday a daily, four-hour humanitarian pause in the northern part of the strip, to which Israel had pledged to uphold.

The Israeli occupation spokesperson Avichay Adraee, announced yesterday through his account on X that the Israeli military will allow the displaced to move to the south via the Salah al-Din road east of Gaza between 10 am and 4 pm.

However, the people of northern Gaza who moved within that time period tell Mada Masr they continued to face shelling along the supposed “humanitarian corridors” and in the south, which Israel has said will be a civilian refuge for those who leave “Hamas strongholds” in the north.

Palestinian Photographic Society Photojournalist Mohamed Abu al-Subh who, like other journalists and photographers, staying at the Shifa Hospital, tells Mada Masr: “The Occupation informed us to evacuate to the south, and we chose not to, but as fate would have it, we were forced [to move] by the shelling on Shifa Hospital Thursday and Friday.”

Keep reading...Show less

The latest