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Local journalist talks about the Copiapó rescue

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Claudia la Torre is one of the 2000 journalists who are covering the Chilean miner’s rescue, minute by minute. Moreover, she is a local herself.
 
euronews
“Claudia, the miners are arriving at the hospital right now. What’s the atmosphere there on this extraordinary day?”
 
Claudia La Torre:
“It’s very surprising how everyone is so interested, and keen to know what’s going on. They want to see the miners going into hospital, to see them alive. What’s happened is a miracle and everyone want to be part of this historic moment.”
 
euronews:
“What sort of state are the families in, especially the ones still waiting?”
 
La Torre:
“Those who are reunited with their men are full of emotion, with tears in their eyes. I saw that yesterday with the first one out. It was very touching. I felt it all the more because I am from here and I understand the miner’s work, and what it feels like to be imprisoned. It’s terrifying. Before the media arrived there was a lot of crying, and then the feeling spread and the media got hold of it and put it to the fore. The media has been very important as it has informed everyone. But there are still limits. Yesterday I saw some miner’s families telling the media to go away. They wanted some privacy, the cameras and lights were harassing them. I regretted that, and I felt it was too much. The mother of the first miner rescued shouted at the journalists to stop, she was trying to hold her son in her arms and she couldn’t. I had to walk away, I felt that the journalists had just become cameras and not human beings any more.”
 
euronews:
“Claudia, you just said you’re from here, from Copiapo, a Chilean. Do you think something will change in the country after this event?”
 
La Torre:
“Oh, there’ll be a deep change. This was a quiet town, now it will be suffocated, especially the miners, whose quiet lives will never be the same. Normally they’re very calm guys, if someone here’s a chatterbox everyone notices. I hope any change will be positive, and that may be the case as they’re going to get a lot of help and I hope they make good use of it, because they deserve it. The government is also going to do things and make new laws, so I think a lot of changes are coming, and I hope they’ll be for the better.”
 
euronews:
“One final question, Claudia. What is the future for the San Jose mine once all the miners are free and the cameras have left the Atacama desert?”
 
La Torre:
“There are rumours that the site will be preserved so people can visit it to see what it must have been like, the cold of the nights, the sacrifices…I hope the site will be maintained. All the people here want it recognised as a historic monument.”