Section » Chile

Ecuador, Chile: Analysis of Corruption in Police Forces

INSIGHTCRIME.ORG /Parker Asmann REPORTED In Ecuador and Chile, two of Latin America’s most trusted police institutions have been hit by recent corruption scandals, a reminder that even the most highly-regarded security forces in the region are far from perfect.

Ecuador’s national police is currently embroiled in one of the most serious cases of corruption in the institution’s recent history.

The commander-in-chief and other high-ranking police officers allegedly approved the transfer of other officers to different cities in exchange for bribes between $1,500 and $4,000, El Comercio reported in June. According to the Ecuadorean investigative news outlet Plan V, more than 47,000 transfers were processed between 2014 and 2015, netting the group some $16 million, according to El Comercio.

SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH IN ECUADOR – READ THIS BOOK

Moreover, between 2013 and 2017, nearly 1,000 Ecuadorean national police officers were dismissed, El Telegrafo reported. Slightly less than half of those were dismissed for allegedly criminal behavior. Most recently, two officers were dismissed after loading 85 kilograms of cocaine into a patrol car, while two more were dismissed for allegedly leading an extortion ring.

SEE ALSO: Coverage of Police Reform

Meanwhile, in Chile, arrests continue to pile up as a multimillion-dollar fraud scandal unfolds within the country’s national police force, known as the Carabineros.

Twenty-one individuals have been implicated in the latest round of arrests, bringing the total number of those allegedly involved in the scandal to 118, La Nación reported. The embezzlement scandal allegedly redirected as much as 25 billion Chilean pesos (around $40 million) from the institution’s coffers to the personal accounts of the officers under investigation.

At a hearing earlier this year, Chilean prosecutor Eugenio Campos called the scandal “the biggest embezzlement in the history of Chile.”

InSight Crime Analysis

The police forces of Chile and Ecuador are widely viewed as two of the most professional and trusted law enforcement institutions in Latin America. In the past, Ecuador’s police force has even been described as a “model for the region to follow.” The two countries also boast some of the region’s lowest homicide rates, which are often used as an indicator of police efficacy.

However, recent surveys show that citizens feel corruption is worsening in Latin America, and police forces tend to be the first bodies targeted for corruption by organized crime. Although the recent scandals in the South American countries are examples of internal graft schemes as opposed to cooptation by outside groups, the apparent willingness to engage in graft on the part of large segments of both forces suggests that they could be susceptible to external influence.

SEE ALSO: From Chile to Mexico: Best and Worst of LatAm Police

Both Chile and Ecuador are key transshipment points for the global cocaine trade. It is possible that a boom in Andean cocaine production could provide crime groups in both countries with increased resources that they could use to target security institutions for cooptation.

Ecuador’s national police force is arguably at greater risk than Chile’s Carabineros. A number of recent multi-ton cocaine seizures suggests that the country is playing an increasingly important role in the global drug trade. Corrupting security forces, which criminal groups have done in the past in Ecuador, is often essential for these large shipments to be successfully trafficked.

Crime groups also appear to be ramping up activities in Chile. A recent report documented an explosive growth in the country’s contraband cigarette trade in recent years, which was linked to sophisticated criminal organizations that often rely on complicit security officials to operate. Some 20 cocaine labs have also been dismantled in Chile throughout the last year, suggesting that the country’s role as a drug consumption and transshipment point may be evolving to include production operations. READ ARTICLE AT INSIGHTCRIME.ORG

Comments Off on Ecuador, Chile: Analysis of Corruption in Police ForcesPermalink

Santiago Chile: Man dead from tuberculosis found sitting in chair on public street

One man died of tuberculosis , in the middle of the street, in Santiago . biobiochile.cl / The death occurred early this Saturday at the intersection of Vicuña Mackenna avenue with 10 July, a place where had to attend staff of the Crimean Laboratory of Carabineros (Labocar). The deceased, identified as Jorge Orellana, 54, was […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Santiago Chile: Tourist dies outside airport of heart attack, delayed medical care due to uber, cabify protest

news4europe.eu – (efe-pa).- A Brazilian tourist died Monday after suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest outside Santiago International Airport and was unable to get medical attention in time – because the roads in and out were blocked by taxi drivers protesting against Uber, Cabify, and their apps for picking up passengers. Police officials said the victim was […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Semi Trucks Set on Fire in arson attack, evidence points to Indigenous group

(Reuters/oann.com) – Eighteen semi trucks used to transport food were set on fire in a parking lot in the southern Chilean city of Temuco on Saturday, local authorities said. The incident appeared to be intentional and the governor of the region of Araucania, Nora Barrientos, told local radio that evidence gathered at the scene linked […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Santiago Chile: Two Tourists Ripped off by Taxi Driver, Driver runs over man trying to help

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK losandes.com.ar (machine translated) Two Argentine tourists were the protagonists of a sequence that could end in tragedy in Santiago, Chile : a taxi driver stole their bags and a Colombian who came to assist them ended up hit. It happened on Saturday afternoon when two Argentine women […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile Adds Eleven Million Acres to National Park System

theguardian.com/Jonathan Franklin – The road to Parque Pumalín is festooned with dozens of whitewater waterfalls that slip down the steep cliffs into a thick forest overrun by ferns and plants with leaves as big as beach umbrellas. An active volcano threatens to wipe out the sparse human settlements that are scattered like frontier outposts, often […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Three Ecuadorian women accept work in Chile to find out it was sex work, escape

Three Women from Ecuador promised jobs in Chile, find they would be forced into sex work. Three Ecuadorian men traveling with them forced to work in a brick factory. Human Trafficking Network Ecuador to Chile. eltelegrafo.com/ (machine translated)A man who only identified himself as ‘Gabriel’ contacted Ecuadorians and convinced them to travel to Chile. He […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Virtual Kidnappings a Continuing Problem

EFE/lahora.com.ec The Chilean National Police and the Investigation Police (PDI) met to study the creation of a group specialized in the fight against virtual abductions, after detecting that this crime was rebounding in the last week, official sources said today. “They are phone calls made by a prisoner from a penitentiary in Chile, they search […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Wildfires cause catastrophe over swaths of central and southern parts of Chile

(CNN.com)A chain of wildfires has unleashed a catastrophe over wide swaths of central and southern Chile, killing at least 11 people, destroying thousands of homes and consuming an area about three times the size of New York City, authorities said. “We have never seen anything on this scale, never in the history of Chile,” President […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Massive Protests atainst privatized pension plan

bbc.com reported hundreds of thousands of people across Chile have taken part in protests against the country’s controversial privatised pension plan. The scheme was launched in 1981, during the military government of General Augusto Pinochet. Protesters say some 10 million people who joined have now been left with very low retirement incomes – less than […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ten South American Destinations worth a visit you may never have heard of

Rare Beautiful Landscapes in South America GearJunkie.com reported: 1) Cerro Castillo, Chile 2) Eduardo Abaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, Bolivia 3) Vinicunca, Peru 4) Pailon del Diablo, Ecuador 5) Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Brazil 6) Huacachina, Peru 7) Humahuaca and Purmamarca, Argentina 8) Cocora Valley, Colombia 9) Villa O’Higgins, Chile 10) Valle de Muerte, Chile […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Founder of North Face dies in kayaking accident

dailymail.co.uk reported millionaire North Face founder dies in kayaking accident: Doug Tompkins, 72, succumbs to hypothermia as waves flip his boat on lake deep in the Patagonian wilderness Douglas Tompkins died from severe hypothermia after his kayak capsized in General Carrerra Lake in the Patagonia region southern Chile He was boating with four or five […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Tourist from Belgium dies after falling into geyser while taking pictures

68 year old woman dies with 80% of her body burned. t13.cl reported (October 2015) death of 68 Belgian tourist during last Friday fell to a geyser in the Geysers, San Pedro de Atacama, according to Radio Cooperativa was confirmed. That day, the tourist identified as Guillaume Margaret, 68, suffered burns over 80% of their […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Evacuations ordered after earthquake from some coastal areas, tsunami alert

reuters.com reported a magnitude 8.3 earthquake hit off the coast of Chile on Wednesday, shaking buildings in the capital city of Santiago and generating a tsunami warning for Chile and Peru. Chile’s government urged residents to evacuate the coastline. The mayor of Illapel, which is near the epicenter, said on a radio broadcast that one […]

No CommentsRead this post »

CHILE: MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE OFF COAST 7.9 BUILDINGS SHAKING IN SANTIAGO

bbc.com reportes Chile hit by 7.9 earthquake, US Geological Survey says, with buildings shaking in Santiago and tsunami possible. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. USGS – 2015-09-16 22:54:31 (UTC) 2015-09-16 15:54:31 (UTC-07:00) in your timezone Times in other […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Santiago Chile: Environmental Emergency Declared due to Smog

dw.com reported Chilean authorities have declared an environmental emergency in response to dangerously high pollution levels in the capital, Santiago. The city last resorted to such a measure 16 years ago. Santiago regional governor Claudio Orrego said the emergency measures, to come into force Monday, would require 3,000 factories and other businesses to shut down. […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Massive Strikes Held in Santiago Chile by Teachers

presstv.ir reported thousands of striking teachers have taken to the streets in the Chilean capital Santiago to protest against education reform plans. The peaceful rally held on Wednesday turned violent when clashes erupted between riot police and a group of protesters, which led to the arrest of a number of people. The demonstrations against the […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Extreme Storms Kill dozens in Chile and Ecuador

sbs.com.au reported the death toll has reached three dozen and is expected to rise in extreme storms along Pacific coastal regions of South America, reports say. At least 25 people had died during intense rains, landslides and high waves in Ecuador, officials said on Saturday. Lightning strikes on a police school in the capital Quito […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Spy Scandal Between Peru and Chile

infobae.com reported the government of Ollanta Humala claimed that three sailors leaked information to the neighboring country. Since the administration of Michelle Bachelet said they have no information. The president of Peru , Ollanta Humala , warned today that if it is found, confirming the alleged espionage case by three non-commissioned officers of the Peruvian […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Pinochet’s grandson to form new political order

theguardian.com reported pPolitical ambitions of Pinochet Molina clear as he presses allies to form a new movement, Republican Order My Country. The grandson of Augusto Pinochet is organising followers of the former dictator to launch a political party in Chile. “Republican Order My Country” [Orden Republicano Mi Patria] is the name of the political movement. […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Supreme Court Haults development of Canadian owned gold mine

bbc.com reported Chile’s supreme court has halted the development of a gold and copper mine owned by the Canadian conglomerate, Goldcorp, until indigenous communities are consulted. The court upheld an appeal filed on the El Morro mine by the Diaguita community in northern Chile. The community said the mine, worth almost $4bn, could pollute a […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Santiago Chile: Thousands of Passengers impacted by transportation strike

chilevision.cl reported thousands of users of the public transportation were affected this morning by a stoppage of the operator of the Subus Transantiago, which saw nearly a dozen tours of the southern sector and North of Santiago. The strike, nearly half of the company’s 3,500 employees, left many people without locomotion, so you could see […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Extreme Skiers found dead after missing in avalanche

bbc.com reported police in Chile have found the bodies of two extreme skiers who had been missing since an avalanche struck a mountain in southern Chile on Tuesday. Canadian Jean-Philippe Auclair, 37, and Swede Carl Andreas Fransson had been hiking the 3,700m-high (12,200ft) San Lorenzo mountain in Patagonia when they were swept away by the […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Santiago Chile: Man handling homemade bomb dies in explosion

elcomercio.pe reported another bomb explodes in Chile and leaves one person dead According to investigations, the victim was handling the explosive device. This year 30 bombings have already registered. A man died in the Chilean capital Thursday morning from severe burns, after exploding a homemade bomb that apparently manipulated, said a Prosecutor in charge of […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile’s love of names using double entendre

globalvoicesonline.org reported the Chilean National Holidays, popularly known as “el Dieciocho” (The Eighteenth), take place every year on September 18 and 19. In this land of poets, one of the most amusing and deeply rooted traditions is the use of double entendre when naming diners known as fondas, improvised eateries, and dance halls that pop […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Three arrested in bombing of September 8, 2014

eltiempo.com reported, following the arrest of three persons yesterday morning, Chilean police and prosecutors continue a broad operation to disrupt a group that allegedly is behind the recent bombings in Santiago, including that last 8 September left 14 injured in the subway. More than 200 police officers, including the Grupo de Operaciones Especiales, GOPE, personnel […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Viña del Mar Chile: 220 commercial businesss to be provided panic buttons by govt.

Install alarms in the trade of Viña del Mar With a new tool to prevent thefts and assaults, have 220 warehouses of Viña del Mar, thanks to a government program, implemented by the Provincial Governor of Valparaiso with the collaboration of the municipality and the Chamber of Commerce of the city. It is the installation […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Temuco Chile: U.S. expat English teacher murdered

dailymail.co.uk reported the parents of a 22-year-old psychology graduate who was found murdered in Chile traveled to the city of Temuco this week to transport their daughter’s body back to the United States. Chris Hagan and his grief-stricken wife were photographed Wednesday in Chile on their way to make final arrangements for Erica Faith Hagan, […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Bomb Explodes in Viña del Mar Chile at a supermarket

telesurtv.net reported a homemade bomb exploded in a supermarket when a maid manipulated the trash. The incident occurred just two days in a terrorist attack that left 14 injured in Santiago. A new homemade device exploded Tuesday night in the Chilean city of Viña del Mar (west of Santiago) in a paper, leaving an injured […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Santiago Chile: Bomb Threat Found Painted on Bus

publimetro.cl reported they had not passed even 24 hours of the terrorist attack at Escuela Militarstation, when last night through social networks began to spread a reckless threat that appeared in the Transantiago bus. The Twitter user @korpian captured the phrase scratched with spray that said “the next bomb will be on a bus”, accompanied […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Santiago Chile: Terrorist Bomb Attack Confirmed on main metro subway station

elnuevodia.com reported in the most serious attack occurred in years in Chile, a bomb detonated Monday in a shop of one of the main stations of the metro of Santiago and caused ten wounded, two of them serious. Francisco Bravo, which investigated 29 bombings that took place this year in Santiago, told reporters that the […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Wealthy Industrialist fined $70 million for illegal share trading

bbc.com reported one of Chile’s richest men, Julio Ponce, has been fined $70m (£42.5m) for illegal share trading. Mr Ponce is the chairman of Sociedad Quimica y Minera (SQM), the world’s biggest producer of iodine, lithium and potassium. He was married to the daughter of Chile’s former military ruler, Gen Augusto Pinochet. Mr Ponce, who […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile to drill 55 new gas wells in Tierra del Fuego

mercopress.com reported Chile’s oil corporation plans to pad drill 55 wells for gas in Tierra del Fuego Chile’s petroleum corporation, ENAP, is planning to drill 55 non conventional new wells in Tierra del Fuego beginning September until the end of 2015, with the purpose of increasing the current production from 450.000 cubic meters per day […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Sailor in Navy announces he is gay

bbc.com reported a sailor in Chile has become the first serving member of the Chilean armed forces to announce he is gay. Mauricio Ruiz, 24, told a televised news conference his decision had “not been easy”, but he wanted to help fight discrimination against homosexuals. Mr Ruiz said that what was most important was not […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Cuero River Hydroelectric Dam could threaten environment in Patagonia

IPS.net reported COYHAIQUE, Chile , Aug 26 2014 (IPS) – After its victory in a nearly decade-long struggle against HidroAysén, a project that would have built five large hydroelectric dams on wilderness rivers, Chile’s Patagonia region is gearing up for a new battle: blocking a quiet attempt to build a dam on the Cuervo River. […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile Minister of Health warns of counterfeit Stevia in market, health alert

biobiochile.cl reported call for nationwide alert issued the Ministry of health after discovering some products that they claim to be made on the basis of stevia, but that actually have anything but this plant used to replace sugar, which represents a serious health risk. According to a study carried out by the Seremi of health […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador looking to Chile for mining investments

hoy.com.ec reported government authorities and social leaders of Ecuador will visit Chile next week with the objectives of attracting investments and know examples of responsible mining in the country, said today the Ministry coordinator of strategic sectors. The Ecuadorian delegation will be headed by Minister Coordinator of strategic sectors, Rafael Poveda, authorities of the national […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Couple detained for trafficking young Ecuadorian boy

ilovechile.cl reported the National Institute of Human Rights presented this Tuesday a complaint for the crime of traffic in human beings against an underage Ecuadorian national, who was enslaved by the defendants. This complaint adds to another lawsuit on behalf of the child, filled on August 4 by the National Youth Service (Sename). On Thursday […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Antartica expects 36,500 tourists from Nov. through March

An estimated 36.500 tourists and 54 vessels expected this coming Antarctic season Mercopress.com reported During the upcoming Antarctic season, from November through March, 36,545 tourists are expected to visit, according to estimates compiled by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). That’s a slight dip from the 37,405 who visited in 2013-14, which was […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: GDP grew at weakest pace since 09′ in second quarter

Chile’s economy cooling faster than expected: weakest pace since 2009 mercopress.com reported Chile’s GDP grew at its weakest pace since 2009 in the second quarter as investment waned and a previously rapid expansion in consumer spending slowed, central bank data showed. The economy grew 1.9% in the second quarter compared with a year ago, or […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Atacamas Desert Chile: Huge Solar Lab to be constructed

plenglish.com reported the Plataforma Solar del Desierto de Atacama (PSDA, Spanish) will be operational at the end of this year, said Chilean Diario Financiero here Wednesday. This macro laboratory is located in one of the main points of solar radiation in the world, in which research, development and innovation projects related to photovoltaic power generation […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Chief of Security at Santiago’s Airport fired over Brinks Robbery at Cargo Terminal

Mercopress.com reported Chile has fired the security chief of the country’s main airport after an “embarrassing” robbery of more than 10 million dollars at the cargo terminal. Defense Minister Jorge Burgos said a probe had been launched into how eight armed men had managed to steal the money from a security van at the airport […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Santiago Chile: Billions of peso stolen in heist of Brinks security truck at International Airport

Billion Peso Robbery at the Airport: lanueva.com reported a robbery of a BRINKS truck took place in the cargo wing of the Arturo Merino Benítez Airport this morning, an estimated CL$6 billion was stolen. The eight robbers were said to be heavily armed and proceeded to toss ‘miguelitos’ out the windows as they fled the […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Two Bomb Attacks Near Police Stations in Santiago

lanueva.com reported Chilean police are investigating two new attacks with bombs in various locations in Santiago last night, without causing victims, official sources reported today. Both explosions near the 1st and 39th police stations of police, one in the Centre of the Chilean capital, the other in the municipality of El Bosque, in the southern […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ollague Chile: Two Bolivians detained transporting cocaine on inter-provincial bus

biobiochile.cl reported in an unusual event, in step border Ollague, in the Antofagasta Region, staff of the national customs service surprised two young Bolivians transporting drug in ovoid in their stomachs and their clothes. Subjects were travelling in an inter-provincial bus and were selected among the passengers for a more thorough review by officials of […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Bom Scare: Alameda Bus Terminal Santiago Chile, 500 evacuated

cooperativa.cl reported during the afternoon of Thursday, the BEPGs of Carabineros personnel evacuated the Tur Bus from Santiago terminal due to a bomb alert. The operation began about 16:30 hours after a call to the number 133, denouncing the appearance of a few suspicious PVC pipe inside. Read Article

No CommentsRead this post »

LAN, TAM Airlines reach agreement with Venezuela regarding disbursement of unremitted funds

ch-aviation.com reported LAN Airlines (LA, Santiago de Chile Int’l) and partner TAM Linhas Aéreas (JJ, São Paulo Congonhas) have reportedly reached an agreement with Venezuelan government concerning the partial disbursement of unremitted ticket-sale funds. In a statement issued on July 20, the LATAM Airlines Group announced it had accepted Caracas’ proposal in regards to the […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador, Chile sign bilateral long-term energy contracts

globalpost.com reported Ecuador and Chile signed here on Monday a joint declaration on bilateral long-term energy buy-sell contracts.The document was signed by Ecuador’s Coordinating Minister for Strategic Sectors Rafael Poveda and Chile’s Electricity Minister Maximo Pacheco at a ceremony chaired by Ecuadoran Vice President Jorge Glas, who is currently acting president while President Rafael Correa […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile Invokes Anti-Terrorist laws after device detonated on Subway

reuters.com reported the Chilean government said on Tuesday it will invoke anti-terrorist laws in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the explosion of a homemade device on a Santiago subway train late Sunday night. The incendiary device, which had been placed inside a backpack, caused minor damage and no injuries. No one has […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Santiago Chile: Bomb on Subway Car Explodes after letting off passengers

elmundo.com.sv reported a low power bomb exploded in a vacuum subway car of Santiago of Chile who was in the terminal station Los Dominicos, while injured, but if material damage, police said today. The incident occurred on Sunday night after the end of the last journey of the underground railroad, and then that they descended […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Santiago Chile: Police Clas with Student Protesters

presstv.ir reported police in Chile have clashed with protesting students and teachers in the country’s capital of Santiago during another mass demonstration over the country’s education system. Chilean security forces used tear gas and water cannon during the Wednesday rally to disperse rock-throwing protesters, who were calling for an overhaul of Chile’s educational system. An […]

No CommentsRead this post »

WHO report states Chile leads Latin America in alcohol consumption

satiagotimes.cl reported experts blame drinking culture and advertising as WHO report says Chile leads Latin America in alcohol consumption — region second only to Europe globally. A new report reveals that Chile has surpassed its Latin American neighbors in alcohol consumption for the first time, an everyday Chilean guzzles three liters of alcohol above the […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile leads Latin America in Education, but more work to do

atlanticcouncil.org reported for decades, Chile has been at the forefront of education reform in Latin America. The major international rankings conducted over the past decade have shown that, while Chile has some work to do to catch up with the developed world, it is the undisputed leader in Latin America. In the OECD’s Program for […]

No CommentsRead this post »

6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off of northern coast of Chile

Near Coast of Northern Chile Mw Beach Ball Time: 2014-04-11 00:01:44.6 UTC Magnitude: 6.2 (Mw) Epicenter: 70.62°W 20.73°S Depth: 11 km Status: M – manually revised SOURCE:

No CommentsRead this post »

7.8 earthquake Iquique Chile April 3, 2014, Tsunami warning cancelled

Location: 12 miles (20 km) S of Iquique, … More An earthquake with magnitude 7.8 occurred near Iquique, Chile at 02:43:15.60 UTC on Apr 3, 2014. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.) USGE latimes.com reported a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Wednesday off of Chile’s northern coast, the second large temblor to hit the area […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: 8.0 earthquake northern Chile, Tsunami warning Chile, Peru, Ecuador

cnn.com reported an 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday, generating a tsunami, authorities said. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake was centered 62 miles northwest of Iquique at a depth of 6.2 miles. Chile’s National Emergency Office tweeted Tuesday night that it was asking everyone to evacuate the South […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile shook by 6.7 earthquake, 100,000 evacuated from coastal areas

theguardian.com reported Chile: coast evacuated after strong earthquake hits Authorities say more than 100,000 people asked to vacate some coastal areas following 6.7 magnitude earthquake A strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake shook Chile’s northern Pacific shore on Sunday, and authorities said more than 100,000 people were evacuated from some coastal areas as a precaution. Only minor damage […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: network of caves discovered, may hold clues to development of continents

Theguardian.com (video report) Scientists have discovered a network of caves on a remote island off the coast of south-west Chile. The team of French and Chilean researchers found a system of around 20 limestone caves, some of which are 50 metres deep, on Diego de Almagro. They hope the caves may hold clues as to […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Governments in Latin America Accused of Harrassment by Indigenous Activists

dw.de reported that Indigenous activists in Bolivia and other Latin American countries who take to the streets to protest the exploitation of their ancestral homelands face repressive measures and charges of terrorism. In many Latin American countries, the measures taken against protesters are rather repressive, according to Almut Schilling Vacaflor, Latin American expert from the […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador, Chile highest military expenditures in region relative to GDP

elcomercio.com.ec reported that Ecuador and Chile are the countries with the highest percentages of defense spending in the region relative to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This conclusion the report entitled ‘Military Balance in South America 2013’, published by the New Majority organization Argentina in mid-November this year reached. In Ecuador, these data are corroborated […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: McDonald’s ordered by court to pay for mouse tail found in customer’s hamburger

cre.com.ec reported…Temuco -. “Was eating and I found this strange thing in the burger and vomited. It was gross.” These are the words of Pedro Valdes, who last year was found with a mouse tail in a hamburger purchased at a local McDonald’s in Temuco, Chile. Now, a year after the fact, the Third Court […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Michelle Bachelet regains Chile Presidency

laht.com reported that…Michelle Bachelet regains Chile Presidency Bachelet won 62 percent of the vote, the most decisive victory in eight decades of Chilean elections; while Matthei only got 37 percent of the vote and conceded defeat in the worst performance for the right in two decades. Read Article

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: lawmaker wants law that specifically prosecutes kidnap express crimes

lanacion.cl reported that legislator DC Matias Walker entered the Chamber of Deputies a draft law that seeks to punish clearly express kidnapping, considering that it is currently treated as robbery with intimidation. As designated by the Falangist Deputy, the current provision prevents the possibility of knowing exactly how many acts of this nature occur in […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile reiterates refusal to provide Boliva with outlet to the Pacific Ocean

Santiago de Chile, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Minister of Foreign Affairs Alfredo Moreno today reiterated Chile”s refusal to provide Bolivia with an outlet to the Pacific Ocean, while Bolivia remains at The Hague with its demand for sovereign access to the sea. In an interview with the Pulso newspaper, Moreno said that his country “is […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile and Peru ranked best countries in Latin America for conducting business, World Bank

ibtimes.com reported Chile is the best country in Latin America to do business. The South American powerhouse was the highest-scoring country of the region, clocking in at 34 out of 189 nations surveyed. The second-largest economy in the region, Mexico, was rated number 53, two positions lower than last year. Mexico was praised for its […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Presidential, political elections slated for Nov. 17, 2013, travel advice

gov.uk reported that Presidential, parliamentary and regional councillor elections will take place on 17 November. Large crowds are likely at more than 2,000 polling stations all over the country and public transport may also be crowded. Shopping malls and cinemas will be closed. The sale of alcohol is prohibited by law between 5am and 8pm […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Miners in tussle with producers over royalties for moving about rescue

When 33 Chilean miners were hauled to the surface after 69 days trapped in a collapsed copper mine in 2010, more than a billion people around the world tuned in to watch as the rescue was broadcast live on television. It was inevitable, then, that the dramatic story would be made into a movie. But […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Latin America Power plans on installation of 1GW of capacity in Chile, Peru

bnamericas.com reported energy developer Latin America Power (LAP) has outlined plans to add 1GW of installed capacity in Chile and Peru by 2018. Peru will comprise 350MW and Chile 650MW in new projects, LAP’s commercial manager Maurício Caamaño said during the 10th BNamericas Southern Cone Energy Summit in Lima on Thursday. “Of this total 806MW […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: 50,000 march in Santiago demanding full rights for sexual minorities

Eluniveros.com reported that thousands of Chileans marched on Saturday through downtown Santiago to require presidential candidates full rights for sexual minorities, such as gay marriage, civil unions and gender identity law. The XV March for Sexual Diversity, which attracted about 50,000 people, according to organizers, color filled the Alameda, the main avenue of the capital, […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Denny’s opens its first restraurant in Latin America

Franchising.com reported that Denny’s, Inc. (Nasdaq:DENN), the world’s largest full-service family dining chain, today announced it has entered South America with the opening of its first restaurant in Chile. Located in the Las Condes section of Santiago, the new location is operated in partnership with local partner the Musiet Group as a part of an […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Former Chilean General convicted of crimes against humanity, commits suicide

Globalpost.com reported that a former Chilean general serving six years in prison for crimes committed during Augusto Pinochet’s bloody regime committed suicide on Saturday while on weekend release from jail. Odlanier Mena, 87, shot himself in the head two days after President Sebastian Pinera announced plans to close the luxury jail for dictatorship-era military officials […]

No CommentsRead this post »

15,000 tourists snowed in at tunnel connecting Chile and Argentina

Fes.sott.net reported that some 15,000 tourists, mainly Chileans, take two days blocked by the closure of the Cristo Redentor tunnel, because of the snow, to local authorities. According to the National Highway Argentina , the tunnel, which connects Chile and Argentina, was closed on Saturday because of a storm of wind and snow. The regional […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: 40th Anniversary of Pinochet’s coup

afp.com reported Chile’s president called for national reconciliation Wednesday as the country, amid violent protests, marked the 40th anniversary of a coup that brought dictator Augusto Pinochet to power. “The time has come not to forget, but to overcome the traumas of the past,” Sebastian Pinera said in an address from the La Moneda presidential […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Isla de Maipo, Chile: Authorities Dismantle Drug Network

From Terra on August 30, 2013- Agents of Chile’s OS-7 dismantled a drug trafficking network after 4 months of investigations in the city of Isla de Maipo in the Metropolitan Region. During the operation, which included raids on three houses, 17,500 doses of drugs (marijuana and cocaine) were seized and five suspects were arrested. In […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador, Chile mining concerns, joint venture to explore copper reserves

Ecuador’s National Mining Company (ENAMI EP) and Chile’s state-own Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer, are fine-tuning details of a joint venture to explore the Llurimagua reserves in the North of Ecuador, a country with no mining industry to speak of. The deal, reports Reuters, will see Enami holding a 51% stake in the project […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Molina, Chile: Court Sentences Father and Daughter for Labor Trafficking

On August 28, 2013 Emol Noticias reported the sentencing of Manuel Espinoza and his daughter Paola Espinoza Provoste each to 5 years imprisonment. The sentence against the accused for the crime of human trafficking for labor exploitation is the first of its kind in Chile. Espinoza and his daughter were found guilty of trafficking approximately […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Santiago, Chile: Police Seize 25 Kilos of Cocaine, Dismantle Drug Ring

From Terra on August 28, 2013- More than 25 kilos of cocaine, valued around 500 million pesos, were seized by authorities in Santiago. The drugs were to be sold in the capital during the long weekend around Independence Day. The drug ring was being operated from prison by Omar Tormo, who is serving 15 years. […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Antofagasta, Chile: Carabineros Seize 34 Kilos of Drugs, 360 Doses of Cough Syrup

Terra on August 26, 2013- Police operations in two different Antofagastan cities resulted in two arrests and seizure of several illicit drugs. In Calama, operatives from OS-7 detected drugs in a vehicle operated by Juan Morales. In his luggage authorities found 25 kilos 750 grams of crack cocaine and 10 kilos of marijuana. The second […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Molina, Chile: Father and Daughter Sentenced for Human Trafficking

On August 23, 2013 Red Maule Noticias reported that Manuel Espinoza and his daughter Paola Espinoza Provoste have been sentenced on charges of labor trafficking. The two were found guilty of participating in the trafficking of over sixty Bolivians to work installing high tension towers. The prosecution has requested five years imprisonment for Espinoza and […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Viña del Mar, Chile: Police Uncover Possible Child Sex Exploitation Network

On August 22, 2013 Noticias Terra reported that police have discovered a possible criminal network engaged in child sex exploitation in Viña del Mar. Authorities believe the gang to consist of three persons, with one of them overseeing the administration of the illegal sex services while the other two transported the minors to various sites. […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Salvador Mazza, Argentina: 90-Day Leave Granted to Mayor Caught in Human Trafficking Scandal

On August 18, 2013 Minuto Uno Noticias reported that the Salvador Mazza city council has granted a 90-day leave of absence to its mayor, Carlos Villalba, who was arrested last Thursday during a series of raids on a suspected human trafficking operation. The leave of absence request was passed despite heavy protest by provincial representatives […]

No CommentsRead this post »

La Calera, Chile: Two Colombians Detained with More than 50 Kilos of Paraguayan Marijuana

From Terra on August 19, 2013- BRIANT agents detained two Colombians for drug trafficking in La Calera. One of the traffickers was carrying 51 kilos 394 grams of marijuana from Iquique to Santiago. After stopping the first trafficker, police discovered that the destination of the drugs was the San Borja bus terminal in Santiago.  It […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Lonquimay, Argentina: Supreme Court Orders Investigation into Support of Brothel by Local Officials

On August 16, 2013 Noticias Terra reported the Supreme Court has filed a complaint alleging that local officials in Lonquimay provided illegal protection to a local brothel. The ordered investigation includes the mayor of Lonquimay, Luis Rogers, Deputy Commissioner Carlos Adrián Alanis and the owner of the “Good Night” whiskey bar, Carlos Fernández. The case […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Salta, Argentina: 64 Female Trafficking Victims Rescued

On August 15, 2013 Emol Noticias reported the rescue of 64 women from a human trafficking network following police raids on several nightclubs in Salta. During the police operation, which took place in various parts of the city, authorities arrested nine suspects including the mayor of Salvador Mazza, Carlos Villalba. Villalba and the other suspects […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Puyehue, Chile: More than 50 Kilos of Marijuana Seized at Border Checkpoint

From Terra on August 12, 2013- A total of 58 kilos of marijuana, equivalent to 116 thousand doses valued at 58 million pesos was seized by customs officials at the Cardinal Antonio Samoré Border Complex. The drugs were discovered in a truck that had been in Argentina for week. The drugs were found in 77 […]

No CommentsRead this post »

San Francisco de Mostazal, Chile: Three Argentines Arrested with 60 Kilos of Marijuana

From Terra on August 12, 2013- Chilean PDI agents seized 60 kilos of marijuana and arrested three Argentine traffickers in the city of San Francisco de Mostazal. The drugs were hidden in the gas tank of their car. According to the authorities, the three suspects crossed the Chile-Argentina border at the Pino Hachado pas in […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Israel plans to sell military equipment to Ecuador, Chile among other countries

(BBC World). The armed forces of Israel announced a plan to sell military equipment used to developing nations to reduce their size and meet budget cuts. According to the Ynet website potential customers tanks, aircraft, ships, vehicles and other weapons systems that the Israelis will be sold in Latin America, Africa and Asia, especially countries […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Santiago, Chile: 9 Kilos of Liquid Cocaine Found in Whiskey Bottles

From Terra on August 8, 2013- Members of the Southern Narcotics Police Investigation Squad arrested a Peruvian couple in Santiago who had 9 kilos of liquid cocaine in their possession. The cocaine was hidden in bottles of Johnnie Walker Black Label whiskey. The arrests happened in the Recoleta district. The man was arrested and due […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Rancagua, Chile: PDI Dismantled Local Drug Trafficking Ring

From Terra on August 1, 2013- Agents of Chile’s PDI successfully dismantled a drug ring that was operating in the capital of the O’Higgins region. The investigation lasted for several months prior to the arrests, following the activities of a man known as “El Guatón Carlos” and his wife known as “La Mary.” The couple […]

No CommentsRead this post »

San Bernardo, Chile: Operation Leads to Six Arrests, Contraband Seized

From Terra on July 26, 2013- An operation led by PDI resulted in the arrests of six people on charges of drug trafficking. During the raid, authorities seized cocaine base, marijuana, one firearm, and ammunition. The operation was conducted by prosecutor Karina Encina who requested the warrants for the search of various homes in the […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Vina del Mar, Chile: Traffficker Detained, Drugs and Weapons Seized after Two Month Investigation

From Terra on July 24, 2013- After two month of investigations and an anonymous phone call, agents from OS-7 successfully detained drug trafficker Juan Morales, also known as “El Mono Juan.” Officers from OS-7 went to the place where Morales usually carried out the sale of illicit substances. During the operation, authorities seized 230 doses […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Colchane, Chile: Drug Mule Detained with 10 Kilos of Cocaine on a Bus

From Terra on July 22, 2013- Chilean authorities arrested a Bolivian woman on a bus from Oruro, Bolivia to Iquique, Chile at the border checkpoint in Colchane. The 32 year old woman was arrested with 10 kilos of cocaine hidden in her suitcase. So far this year, Chile’s Carabineros have seized 70% more drugs than […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Sierra Gorda, Chile: OS-7 Seized More than 116 Kilos of Drugs, Detained Three Traffickers

From Terra on July 22, 2013- Member’s of Chile’s anti-narcotics police,OS-7, arrested a Bolivian man after his truck rolled over on Route B-25 coming from Calama to Antofagasta. After the wreck in Sierra Gorda, authorities discovered drugs hidden in the vehicle and proceeded to arrest the driver and conduct a controlled delivery of drugs to […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Iquique, Chile: 17 Kilos of Cocaine Found in Spare Tire

From Terra on July 17, 2013- Officials from the Drug Enforcement Unit of Chilean customs intercepted a truck in the city of Iquique that came from Alto Hospicio and was heading to Tocopilla. In a spare tire on the truck authorities found 17 kilos of high purity cocaine hydrochloride. The driver, a 49 year old […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Mendoza, Argentina: International Drug Network Disbanded

From Terra on July 9, 2013- Steps that were taken based on a seven month investigation allowed Chilean and Argentine authorities to dismantle an international drug ring that was distributing drugs in Chile. Five people were arrested, including one Argentinean and four Chileans, in relation to a scheme to distribute marijuana from Uruguay, through Mendoza […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Antofagasta, Chile: Authorities Detain 5 People, Seize More than 6 Kilos of Drugs

From Terra on July 10, 2013- Members of Chile’s anti-drug police, OS-7, arrested five people and seized 30,800 doses of cocaine paste. The five were members of a Chilean-Bolivian drug organization that was distributing drugs in Antofagasta. Based on gathered intelligence, police were waiting for two members of the organization at checkpoint on North Route […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Maule, Chile: Father and Daughter Charged With Human Trafficking Remain in Prison

On June 2, 2013 Terra Noticias reported that Paola Espinoza Provoste and her father, Manuel Espinoza Sáez, both accused of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants from Bolivia, remain in prison after a court in Molina dismissed the arguments presented by the defense seeking to reduce the sentence. There is also a third person […]

No CommentsRead this post »

La Serena, Chile: 90 Kilos of Drugs Seized on Bus

From Terra on July 2, 2013- Chilean authorities seized 65 kilos of cocaine and 25 kilos of marijuana in addition to detaining three suspects on a bus in the Juan Soldado sector along North Route 5. The bus originated in Iquique and was destined for Santiago. The three suspects boarded the bus with the drugs […]

No CommentsRead this post »

El Bosque, Chile: Carabineros Seize More than 30 Thousand Doses of Cocaine

From Terra on July 2, 2013- Motorcycle police of the 39th Carabineros detained a man for violating the Drug Control Law for possessing more than 30 thousand doses of cocaine base. The police were on a routine patrol when they spotted a man, who upon seeing the authorities threw a bag into his front yard, […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Calama, Chile: OS-7 Seizes Drugs, Detains Drug Ring Leader

From Terra on July 1, 2013- After an investigation that began in April, agents of OS-7, Chile’s national anti-drug police, arrested the leader of a drug ring and seized 51,400 doses of marijuana. The drugs were being distributed in the western sector of the city, and due to police intelligence, authorities were able to locate […]

No CommentsRead this post »