Chile: Thousands March for Mapuche Resistance Day


Santiago: Thousands of people gathered yesterday in the Plaza Italia to march through the Alameda in support of the Mapuche resistance. The march ended in a violent police repression.

The demonstration was called by leaders of groups in conflict zones such as Maule, Arauco and Osorno. The main demands of the marchers were the end to the militarization of their territory, to stop the criminalization of the Mapuche movement and freedom of Mapuche political prisoners. The march also coincided with the anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in Chile – a day that indigenous communities do not think should be celebrated as a holiday.

Tensions have been mounting in Chile amid recent repressions and detentions of Mapuche activists. Mapuche José Mauricio Quintriqueo Huaiquimil was killed on October 1st after being run over by a farm worker on a tractor during a peaceful occupation of their ancestral land. Mapuche responded by setting up improvised roadblocks which prompted a militarized mobilization of local police working with special forces.

Thousands marched in support of the Mapuche communities in Santiago on October 12th.

Photo: @PiensaPrensa

Photo: @PiensaPrensa

The marches that trended under hashtag #12deOctubre ended in violent repression by police forces.

Photo: @prensaopal

Photo: @prensaopal

READ: Chilean Mapuche Indians Continue Battle for Ancestral Land Rights

Santiago Times


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