Re: France is becoming and armed camp.
I presume 'highly socialistic' was ironic? One can say many things about Chile, but socialistic (at least in the old style) it has not been since 1973. And FWIW, the carabineros (the national police force) have for a very long time been far more honest and professional than most other Latin Amrican police - although I realize that at times, that wasn't a very high standard. An offer of a modest bribe to get you out of a speeding ticket or some other minor offense, utterly standard procedure in some places, will get you in serious trouble in Chile, although they might cut you a little slack because of being a foreigner. But even during the darkest days of the Pinochet government right after the coup, the carabineros didn't engage in repression and torture with any enthusiasm, and tried to maintain the rule of law. For the nasty stuff, they had to use the military. These days, I'd trust a Chilean carabinero as much as my local St Paul police, which is quite a compliment - although if anything happened, the Chileans would be a lot more bureaucratic and have innumerable forms to fill out on a manual typewriter in triplicate; they love that kind of thing.
Originally Posted by john welsford
Where were you in Chile, BTW? I've been there quite a few times, have a good friend living in the Elqui Valley near Vicuña.
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