„This is not a dictadura [dictatorship/hard rule] but a dictablanda“

soft rule
Speech (September 1983), quoted in "Las frases para el bronce de Pinochet." The Spanish word dura means tough, while blanda means soft.

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Former dictator of the republic of Chile 1915 - 2006

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