Posts Tagged ‘Araucania’


Bachelet Administration To Mapuches: ‘Sorry You Lost Your Land’

June 25, 2014

The recently inaugurated government of President Michelle Bachelet issued a timely mea culpa this month in an effort to press the proverbial reset button on long frayed relations with the Mapuche, Chile’s largest indigenous group. Read the rest of this entry ?


Ethnic Tensions Again Boil Over In Chile’s Araucanía Region

May 8, 2013

A flurry of arson attacks, land occupations and violent police raids have refocused public attention on Chile’s long-simmering “Mapuche conflict,” which is once again showing signs of boiling over. Read the rest of this entry ?


Chilean Maupuche Prisoners End Harrowing Hunger Strike

December 4, 2010

Very much overshadowed by the rescue of Chile’s now world-famous “33,” another group of Chilean men – more than three dozen Mapuche prisoners – concluded their own striking survival story last month, ending a harrowing hunger strike that left many dangerously near death’s door. The Mapuche is Chile’s largest indigenous group with an estimated population of roughly 800,000. Read the rest of this entry ?


Chile’s Piñera Promises New Approach To Age-Old Mapuche Problem

September 10, 2010

First-year President Sebastián Piñera is promising a fresh start to a festering problem that long perplexed his left wing predecessors and continues to percolate in Chile’s southern Araucanía region. There, historic tensions between the state and marginalized Mapuches, the country’s largest indigenous group, have turned increasingly violent in recent years. Read the rest of this entry ?