Chile: Mapuche mobilize after racist mob attacks

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Chile’s Mapuche indigenous people are holding emergency community meetings in their territory to discuss how to respond to a wave of racist attacks. The most serious incident occurred Aug. 1 in Curacaut√≠n, Araucan√≠a region, where a group of Mapuche protesters were holding an occupation of the municipal building. The protest had been called in solidarity with Celestino C√≥rdova, a Mapuche leader imprisoned in relation to a conflict over land rights, and now on hunger strike to demand his freedom. The protesters were set upon by a mob, who ejected them from the municipal building before beating them in the street and setting several of their vehicles on fire.¬†The attackers used racist slurs and slogans such as “¬°Quer√≠an terrorismo, ac√° tienen terrorismo!” (You wanted terrorism, now you have terrorism!). The Carabineros looked on but did not interfere, only acting afterwards to remove remnant protesters from the building. (Resumen, Concepci√≥n; BiobioChile.cl, BiobioChile.cl, Cooperativa, Santiago; Amnesty International)

Photo: Resumen, Concepción

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