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What Are Chile’s Most Pressing Security Concerns?

Chilean President Gabriel Boric’s government is considering tougher security measures following the killing of three police officers last month. // File Photo: @GabrielBoric via X.

Chile’s government is considering tougher security measures and new antiterrorism laws after armed assailants killed three police officers on April 27 in the country’s Biobío region. A government spokesperson said after the attack that a new intelligence law and regulations on police use of force are also needed. What are the most pressing security concerns facing Chile? What new security measures is Chile’s government likely to propose, and to what extent would the changes make Chile safer? How likely are Chilean lawmakers to pass government-backed security reforms?

Peter M. Siavelis, professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University: “The brutal killing of three police officers in Chile’s southern Biobío region could not have come at a worse time for President Gabriel Boric’s government. The attacks contribute to a growing public perception that the country’s security situation is spiraling out of control. While Chile remains relatively safe—and Santiago is a far safer national capital than most in Latin America—the extraordinarily violent nature of recent crimes shocked Chileans. What is more, government statistics show that the rise in violent crime is due mainly to criminal gang activity, often with foreign ties. These connections have prompted Chileans to view rising crime as a problem of illegal immigration. The government responded to the police killings with a series of new security and terrorism proposals that would expand the definition of terrorism, toughen penalties for terrorist activities and…”

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