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Tomás Leighton Column: Searching for a Tipping Point for Authoritarianism

The brutal murder of three police officers in Cañete constitutes an event so serious that the district week of the Chamber of Deputies was suspended to accelerate the processing of the Rules for the Use of Force (RUF) and the Intelligence Law. And the crime broke a trend of almost four months without homicides, the result of the government’s security strategy in the Southern Macrozone.

The speed with which the Legislative Branch resumed an Executive project in 2023, to regulate the use of force in order and security tasks, responds in a timely manner to a moment of citizen desperation to face new types of crime.

However, the discussion of the united Constitution and Citizen Security commissions showed worrying signs this week. The approved indication that crimes accused of Armed Forces officials be tried in military courts, even when civilians are involved, shows the risks of pressing the accelerator in the wrong direction.

Overwhelmed by circumstances and unable to govern them, the right promoted a rule that does not contribute to the solution of the problem, but serves to slowly take us back to Chile in which the military enjoyed procedural privileges to avoid their responsibilities in human rights violations. In the process, the principles of impartiality and equality before the law were undermined.

If an inflection point is defined as the disproportionate effect on the trajectory of an object due to a small change, it can only be determined after such an effect has occurred. Only after the pandemic is patient zero known, and it is after the sandstorm that we wonder about the grain that unleashed it. But every turning point operates under conditions that allow it.

In this case, the right has been threatening to change the trajectory of Chilean justice since the last Constitutional Council. There, they approved in a divided vote article 117 ter, according to which the actions of the military, “whether in the act of military service or in the performance of their duties,” would be known by the military jurisdiction.

It is striking that in that attempt to establish parallel justice, legal pluralism was not uncomfortable as it had been in the Constitutional Convention. The same deputy Schalper, who in 2022 described it as extreme that indigenous peoples had a different judiciary, this week signed the indication that crimes charged to soldiers in the exercise of their functions be tried in different courts, in this case, the military.

Faced with a right that continues to search for a turning point to return us to authoritarianism, our institutions still show resilience. The illiberal drifts that threaten to break the most basic transitional consensus have found a containment dam that, when it does not rest on the durability of our rules, appears in the popular will expressed at the ballot box.

However, we cannot lose sight of the fact that, once again, the opposition took advantage of the confusion of the present to try to return us to the past, while treating the imminent problems of the future as if they were about the well-being of a foreign country.

By Thomas Leightonexecutive director of Rumbo Colectivo

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