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Confidence in the police and the sense of security has collapsed in Chile, one of the countries with the most stability and prestige in its institutions, due to the worst disturbances that its population has experienced in recent decades. The protests last year in which President Sebastián Piñera acknowledged that the authorities had committed abuses have marked the perception of his citizens, according to the latest poll by Gallup, an American data and analysis company. The political and academic analyst of the University of Santiago Lucía Dammert explains that, during the last year, Chilean institutions have been under the shadow of several corruption and violence scandals, and these stains on the country’s history have been reflected in the poll. “The rule of law has always been called into question in Latin America due to the lack of trust in the police. Chile was always an exception, because its police were well regarded, but because of what has been going on for some time now, it has fallen ”, he says. Of all the regions surveyed, Latin America and the Caribbean perform the worst, behind the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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