January 27, 2023

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Mapuches radicales revindicaron incendios de cabañas, comedores y una chapel en el sur de Chile

File photo of an incendiary attack in southern Chile

La organización radical mapuche Weichan Auka Mapu (WAM) se adjudicó un ataque incendiario ocurrido en las instalaciones de una finca de la comuna de Panguipulli, in the region of Los Ríos, More than 700 kilometers south of Santiago, Chile’s Police Investigations (PDI) indicated this Saturday.

Los atentados ocurrieron durante la noche del ultimo viernes, cuando An armed group composed of 15 people entered Futrun, intimidated those present with firearms and burned down four cabins, a Catholic chapel, two dining rooms and a bodega.de acuerdo con el fiscal de Valdivia, Alejandro Ríos.

Al momento del attack, las cabañas no se encontraban habitadas y no se registraron lesionados.

“Se encontaron dos pamphlets, one for the adjudication of a group that is called ‘Weichan Auka Mapu’ and a second one that was signaled and called for the freedom of the imprisoned Mapuches. Estos fueron levantados por el personal correspondente, para efecto de las expertises”, affirmed the fiscal.

Archive image of a message from the group Weichan Auka Mapu
Archive image of a message from the group Weichan Auka Mapu

The actions of the WAM, one of the most radical organizations of the Mapuche autonomist movement, have been registered during the last time more north of the usual, pasando a las zonas de Arauco y Cautín (regiones del Biobío y La Araucanía) a la region de Los Ríos.

A diferencia de la Coordinadora Arauco Malleco (CAM), the most relevant organization of Mapuche autonomism with 25 years of history, la WAM no tiene acervo ideológico ni una línea strategica definitaconociendo a la fecha solo sus acciones directas sin vocerías ni objetivos concretos.

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En dicha zona y otras regiones del sur de Chile existe hace decasas el llamado “conflicto mapuche”, que emfrenta a comunidades indígenas con empresas agrículos y forestales.

The mapuche people, the most numerous indigenous ethnic group in Chile, reclaim the lands that they inhabited during the centuries, before they were occupied by force by the Chilean State at the end of the nineteenth century in a process officially known as the “Pacification of Araucanía”. y que ahora pertenecen en su majority a empresas forestales de poderosos grupos económicos. In this context, Incendiary attacks on machinery and buildings are frequent, and the conflict has cost the life of a great number of people in the area.

File photo: Militares patrol the region of La Araucanía, in the south of Chile, after the order given by President Gabriel Boric después del incremento de la violencia en la zone amid revindicaciones de tierra de indígenas de mapuches (AFP)
File photo: Militares patrol the region of La Araucanía, in the south of Chile, after the order given by President Gabriel Boric después del incremento de la violencia en la zone amid revindicaciones de tierra de indígenas de mapuches (AFP)

State of emergency

El viernes pasado Congreso approved extender el estado de emergency por sixta occassiona durante el gobierno de Gabriel Boric en dos regiones del sur del país para que las fuerzas armadas sigan patrulando las carreteras before the escalation of violence in these areas.

The measure, which will be in force for 15 days in the entire region of La Araucanía and in two of the three provinces of Biobío —600 kilometers south of the Chilean capital—, advanced with the majority votes in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. . It is valid since the last 16 of May and it is the fourth time that it has been approved by the Congress, because in the first two the government did not need the permission of this.

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La ministra de Interior, Izkia Siches, pointed out that que en cuatro años se pasó de 400 eventos de violencia a más de 1.700. Y detalló that since the middle of May they have carried out more than 53,000 preventive controls in the area and detained more than 88 people accused of robbery of wood. Agregó que también se desarticuló una banda criminal a la que se le adjudicate la burninga de más de cinco camiones.

Before coming to the Presidency, Boric had been a detractor of the state of emergency, as well as his political coalition formed by the Communist Party and the left-wing Frente Amplio.

Con información de AP y EFE

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