nikotromus wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:44 pm
I'll take the "lazy" Chilean cops with strings tied to the butt of their revolvers any day over the trained to shoot/beat first, ask questions later, hyper militarized cops in the U.S. Hopefully the Andy Griffith style of police forces don't change there, but who knows after the the recent riots.
I don't think the color of your skin matters all that much to the cops smashing your teeth into the burm of a sidewalk. Try sassing a cop in the U.S. like Fraggle witnessed the other day. They would never turn the other cheek like Jesus here. It wouldn't matter if your skin was purple.
Here's an undeniable fact - If you get into the country far enough, the riots and the looting and the police and even the cooties epidemic doesn't really matter that much. Varying countries be damned - it's cities vs. the campo. Grow your own food, raise your own chickens, disconnect from the system little by little and things start to look better and better outside of your bedroom window.
Chileans don't get it, especially young Chileans. The protesters and young people are able to attack the police and otherwise disrespect them in Chile, exactly because they have luxury of having a police force they are not afraid of. That is not common, even among a lot of developed countries.
I have lost count of the number of times I have seen videos in Chile of a group of people attacking a single, isolated police officer, and the police most the time still do not pull their gun out. At most, I have seen them fire a warning shot; but, in the vast majority of cases, where it was more than obvious to any reasonable person that shooting in self-defense was more than justified in the situation, they still had the discipline to not do it. even at the risk of their own life.
As for the campo vs. city, I am amazed by the long waiting list of gringos (and other foriegners) I got right now that are desperately trying to get in to Chile. They are all waiting for the travel restrictions to be lifted, so they can either get back to Chile or move to Chile for the first time. In spite of everything that has gone on in Chile (social crisis, pandemic, etc), they simply all say it is no where near as scary as what is going on in the United States.
There is another group of gringos that has suprised me too. Gringos that got trapped in Chile. Many of them could go back to the United States. There are limited out bound flights to the united states.
Now, they are just putting down roots. Many were just tourist. A few I have talked to were thinking about going back once the pandemic settled down a bit, but the protests convinced them to stay. many I have talked to say they are staying at least until after the U.S. elections are over (which is pretty much guaranteed to have a second wave of the pandemic with it).