Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:35
Pro-Mapuche messages pinned on the wall of crime scene.
In the most recent arson attack in Chile’s southern Araucanía region, messages referring to the current indigenous Mapuche conflicts with the government were pinned to the wall near the site of the fire that caused US$1 million
in losses. The Monday incident is just the latest in a string of sporadic attacks on landowners in Araucanía, which have become increasingly frequent
in recent months.
Hooded vandals infiltrated farmer Jose Astudillo’s 20 acres of land and set fire to tractors and farming machinery. While no pro-Mapuche organization has been officially accused of the attacks, phrases like “total war against capitalism, against owner of a large estate and against the invader,” “no more condemnations to the mapuche people” and “freedom for mapuche political prisoners” were pinned onto a wall in the estate.
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