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Chilean navy cadets trotting on a beach sang a violent chant against fellow South Americans in a video that lit up the Internet this week, an official said Thursday.
The chant, which rhymes in Spanish, translates as: "Argentines, I will kill; Bolivians, I will shoot; Peruvians, I will cut their throats."
The 27 cadets who sang the chant attend a naval engineering academy. They voiced the nastiness while running on a beach in the city of Vina del Mar on January 28.
Leading them was their instructor, Defense Minister Alfonso Vargas said, but another cadet actually devised the chant.
Any punishment will be meted out after an investigation that could go on for three weeks.
The video hit the Internet this week.
Vargas said that in the armed forces around the world there are chants with set language and others that soldiers make up. "This is one of the improvised ones," he said.
The other governments complained, but said they were satisfied Chile was investigating and has vowed to punish those responsible.
But hurt, they were.
The chanting "does not encourage healthy relations among neighbors," said Peruvian Prime Minister Juan Jimenez.