Army recruits spanked with shovels and have sand thrown at them in initiation ceremony
Footage has emerged of army recruits apparently undergoing a cruel initiation ceremony that has led to the suspension of 14 officials.
Leaked video from Chile shows the recruits crawling under tanks as they are hit with shovels and have water and sand thrown at them.
The victims were from the Third Army Brigade of La Concepcion and the footage was shot in the northern region of Antofagasta.
A military statement said: The Chilean Army strongly condemns these acts which are contradictory to the principles and values the institution promotes.
They added that there are established mechanisms, procedures and protocols in place to prevent this kind of thing from happening.