Mapuche groups claim a new attack in Chile — MercoPress
Mapuche groups claim a new attack in Chile
Mapuche violence is reaching unprecedented levels after the Arauco-Malleco Coordination Committee (CAM) claimed responsibility on Tuesday for an arson attack on a forest site in the municipality of Lumaco, in the Araucanía region, 700 kilometers south of Santiago.
Until August 9 of this year, in the Auracanía region, 54 attacks by hooded individuals linked to the most radicalized Mapuche groups were reported.
In 2021, 55 attacks were identified and in 2020, 28 such events were recorded as the conflict escalates. The attackers, qualified as terrorists by the judiciary, burn property and machinery, kill and injure residents and seize land.
The latest sabotage action destroyed a skidder-type vehicle in the Pullahuen Alto sector, an area where the Covilli company has recorded more than 10 attacks since 2014.
“A strong contingent of police is directed to repress the communities in the process of territorial reconquest in the region,” CAM said through a statement, in particular one of its Territorial Resistance Organs (ORT) called “Anganamun”.
So far, authorities are still trying to gain access to the site, which is located in the thick forest of the Nahuelbuta mountain range.
The CAM, whose first violent action was recorded in 1997, is the most relevant organization of the Mapuche “autonomist” movement of the last 20 years, developing, unlike other radical expressions, a political line that aims for the “liberation national” of the Mapuche people, a position that comes up against the proposal of “multinationality” contained in the draft new Constitution which will be put to the vote next month.
“There will be no truce with the logging companies,” said radical Mapuche groups. The so-called “Mapuche conflict” has been going on for decades, as indigenous communities oppose agricultural and forestry companies exploiting lands considered ancestral. The Mapuche people claim that the lands were forcibly occupied by the Chilean state in the late 19th century in a process officially known as the “pacification of Araucania” and now belonged mainly to powerful corporations. forests.
Arson attacks on machinery and farms are frequent and the conflict has claimed the lives of a large number of members of the Mapuche community at the hands of state agents, in addition to the deaths of police officers and strikes by the hunger for native prisoners.
What is happening in Chile could end up happening in Argentina, especially in the provinces that the Mapuche consider their ancestral territories: Chubut, Neuquén, Río Negro, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego.
Former Araucanía prosecutor Francisco Ljubetic also pointed out that hooded Mapuches were using Argentine-made weapons. He also argued that the Mapuche attacks were anything but random.
Many violent events in Argentine Patagonia have resulted in no arrests, which is encouraging for Mapuche groups.
Ljubetic also pointed out that these groups were financially supported by European countries.