Chilean conservative Kast strikes chord in provinces with 'firm hand' law and order message

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By Natalia A. Ramos Miranda

SANTIAGO, Nov 25 (Reuters) - In Chile's rural hinterlands, conservative presidential candidate Jose Antonio Kast's message of the importance of tackling crime and illegal immigration has struck a chord.

Kast - often likened to Brazil's blunt-talking President Jair Bolsonaro - has found a receptive audience for his 'law and order' message, propelling him to a first-round win on Sunday.

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That's a problem for leftist candidate Gabriel Boric, who arose to prominence as a student protest leader but needs to convince more than just his core support of young, urban voters if he is to clinch a win in the second round on Dec. 19.

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With their two wildly different visions for Chile's future, Kast and Boric will face each other in the run-off, with Kast the slight favorite.

His law and order message will be key.

Many Chileans say they are tired of crime, illegal immigration, and unrest. Regular protests against inequality in recent years have left the sidewalks plastered in flyers and graffiti - and residents weary.

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Concerns are particularly strong in regions of Chile's far north - which has seen high levels of immigration - and in the bosky southern provinces of places like La Araucania, now in a state of emergency due to clashes between the state and Mapuche indigenous groups demanding the return of ancestral lands.

The people there want a firm hand, said Alberto Ceballos, 42, a Kast voter who lives in the southern region of Nuble and works in the forestry industry. His work often takes him to La Araucania.

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