After facing a wave of public outcry and criticism, Chile’s president, Sebastian Piñera, has temporarily retired a decree signed on 12 July ordering the military to deploy to the country’s northern border to prevent the unlawful and unauthorised transit of people and goods, especially the smuggling of drugs and weapons.
The decree aimed to support the uniformed police, who have been unable to deploy enough personnel to control the porous border shared with Bolivia and Peru, the source of 63% of the cocaine and other drugs sold in Chile. However, the retirement of the decree does not mean that the government has changed its mind about deploying the armed forces to the border, senior military sources have told Jane’s.
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