Chile Defence and Security Report 2014
BMI Industry View Over 2012 and 2013, the threats to Chile’s security have transformed into internal ones, moving away from external threats. The country continues to witness widespread sporadic protests against the government, which also continued through 2012. 2013 was also witness to several protests against lax environmental regulation and rising unemployment. These protests saw the government mobilising police forces armed with teargas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators. While security threats to Chile from international sources such as its on-going territorial dispute with Bolivia, and international terrorist groups remains dormant and benign, the country faces the risks of internal dissonance between the government and those sections of the society demanding economic and social improvement.
Though the incidents of civil unrest were primarily targeted at the policies of Sebastián Piñera’s rightwing administration, the election of left-wing politician Michelle Bachelet in November 2013 as the country President will most likely lead to a fall in the occurrence of civilian protests.
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