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Weekly Report - 06 December 2018 (WR-18-48)

CHILE: Piñera under pressure to reform Carabineros

President Sebastián Piñera last week celebrated a fall in crime in Chile. But this largely fell on deaf ears as his government has been beset by calls for a wholesale reform of the Carabineros in the wake of the killing of a Mapuche youth in the southern region of La Araucanía. The government is standing by the director of the Carabineros, Hermes Soto, but his position could become untenable after one of the four members of the militarised police’s special operations unit (Gope) arrested last week in connection with the case alleged that they had been told to lie about the manner in which Camilo Catrillanca was killed.

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