Gabriel Boric chose to move around Santiago by bicycle and puts presidential security in trouble

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The Chilean president decided to travel this way between his house in the Yungay neighborhood and his work in La Moneda

Gabriel Boric chose to travel around Santiago by bicycle and puts presidential security in trouble

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Cristián Torresfrom Santiago, ChilePresident Gabriel Boric leaving La Moneda Palace by bicycle. (Video Twitter: @marianbasso)

The security of the president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, is on alert after the president chose another form of transportation.

And it is that in recent days the president has chosen the bicycleas his means of transportation between the Palacio de La Moneda and his home located in Barrio Yungay, in Santiago.

The president has been seen entering and leaving La Moneda next to his bicycle, his traditional suit and helmet on his head. Along the way, he has taken the opportunity to greet officials and journalists who work there on a daily basis.

Gabriel Boric chose to move around Santiago by bicycle and puts presidential security in trouble

Boric, on his bicycle, down a central street in Santiago.

This has aroused the curiosity of the media since it is not common for a President of the Republic to choose this means of transport. In Chile it is customary to see, from time to time, ministers on bicycles or subways, but not the high authority.

This is why the General Director of the Chilean police Carabineros, Ricardo Yáñez, was asked about the security system and the escort that accompanies the president at a time when he has chosen the bicycle as his means of mobilization.

“They say there is no better security for VIPs than the one that cannot be seen”, and that “the President will never be careless”, he told the program Tu Día on Channel 13.

From the Presidency and Carabineros they assured that the president “is never alone, there is always security close to him, at a prudent distance, but the President will never be without an escort. Most of the time by car.”

Gabriel Boric chose to travel around Santiago by bicycle and puts presidential security in trouble

President Gabriel Boric arriving by bicycle at La Moneda. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Consulted about which route was chosen between La Moneda and Barrio Yungay, both institutions replied that this “is a state secret” and that “obviously for security reasons, it is not we can reveal the route, but it alternates precisely for the same reason, for your protection.”

Security and escorts

Security has always been an issue around President Gabriel Boric. When he was a presidential candidate, he was the only one who did not have the Protection of Important Persons (PPI) service, nor the Carabineros nor the Investigative Police.

After winning the presidential election on 19 December 2021, the security team around the elected president made its debut. They were 10 officials who had worked in the second term of Sebastián Piñera and others with Michelle Bachelet, as in the case of Carabineros Major Patricio Aguayo.

Choosing President Boric's house also went through a series of security requirements. The home should not be close to high-rise buildings and places where people usually congregate. The sector did not have to have a lot of pedestrian and vehicular traffic and it had to be close to hospitals and suitable points for landing helicopters.

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