Corruption: This is huge

They’ve detained Daniel Andrade. I just hope this opens the floodgates and EVERYONE, no matter what side of the political spectrum they stand, are brought to justice if they are guilty.

For the non-spanish speakers. The key points from the article:

  1. Arrests of Daniel Andrade and Carlos Contreras: Daniel Andrade, a representative of the controversial foundation Democracia Viva, and Carlos Contreras, former regional ministerial secretary (Seremi) of Housing in Antofagasta, were arrested in connection with the “Caso Convenios” scandal.
  2. Circumstances and Locations of Arrest: Andrade was arrested at his mother’s house in the Metropolitan region, while Contreras was apprehended inside the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport.
  3. Judicial Process and Corruption Charges: This action was a reserved procedure ordered by the Court of Guarantee (Juzgado de Garantia) at the request of the Antofagasta Prosecutor’s Office, about six months after the scandal broke. The arrests followed the Public Prosecutor’s Office’s decision to separate the cases, aiming to issue arrest orders and make the individuals involved available to justice. They are to be formally charged with corruption offenses relating to questionable money transfers from the Antofagasta Housing Seremi to Democracia Viva. Both Andrade and Contreras were closely associated with the congresswoman Catalina Pérez.
  4. Ongoing Judicial Process: The article notes that this is an ongoing judicial process and that the charges against the individuals may be dismissed at the end of the investigation. Therefore, they should not be considered guilty until the court issues a verdict against them​​​​.

Only the tip of the iceberg. It looks as if they are being sacrificed as a distraction while other and bigger fish go unpunished.

I seem to recall the patagoniax character of allchile warning of this corruption thing, and at the time nobody could understand or accept that.

I did! Because I saw it at firsthand.

Not forgetting the private sector. This is apparently the biggest attempt to defraud the state - ever.

What would it take to set this country back on the rails again, given that Chileans are their own worst enemies? It’s still possible.

I believe it would be a patagoniaxiom* (great portmanteau even if I do say so myself) that this country has never been on the rails. But it has had superlative public relations and country image that have kept the realities of its considerable endemic corruption from being understood even by its residents. Part of being your own worst enemy is " no hay más ciego que él que no quiere ver."

And yes, it is huge.

*Patagoniaxiom: (n). Axiomatic description of the unfortunate objective realities occluded by the lens of sincerely wishing it were not so. See also: cognitive dissonance.

Conversely. there’s another lot here who believe that things are they way they want them to be, and not as they really are, “wishful thinkers” is the descriptive term generally used.

Would these be antipatagoniaxiomistas?:slight_smile:

So long as it’s acceptable at Scrabble©.

https://www.biobiochile.cl/noticias/nacional/chile/2024/01/22/al-costado-de-sus-piscinas-fiscal-valencia-critica-arrestos-domiciliarios-como-los-de-cathy-barriga.shtml

Cathy Barriga only got house arrest while they investigate the fraud charges during her time as mayor of Maipú. The amount involved is much more than the Democracia Viva case, but, of course, she’s well connected. The prosecutor has appealed.