Posts Tagged ‘Mapuche’


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: Mapuche Strikers Hungry For Justice

October 16, 2010

Nearly two months into a dangerous hunger strike, more than 30 indigenous Mapuche prisoners are struggling to gain national attention at a time when all eyes have been focused north, to the desert city of Copiapó, where another group of Chilean men, buried by an Aug. 5 mine collapse, are also struggling for survival.  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 ?


Chile: No End In Sight For Worsening Mapuche Conflict

January 31, 2010
Historic tensions in southern Chile’s Araucania Region have escalated in recent months, with police and Mapuche activists now engaged in a dangerous game of cat and mouse that is turning increasingly violent and shows no signs of ending anytime soon.
After a period of relative calm, the “Mapuche conflict” kicked back into gear this past Southern Hemisphere winter when a delegation of indigenous leaders traveled to Santiago but was refused an audience with President Michelle Bachelet. The Mapuche, by far Chile’s largest indigenous group with an estimated population of some 800,000, seek greater political autonomy and recovery of ancestral lands, particularly in the Araucania, an area roughly 600 km south of Santiago, also known as Region IX. Read the rest of this entry ?

Chile Dusts Off Pinochet-Era Terror Law

January 31, 2010
Ida Huenulef has neither seen nor spoken with her son in three weeks, not since the night an overwhelming contingent of police burst into her Santiago home, pointed machine guns at her head, and dragged Miguel Tapia Huenulef away by his long black hair.
After learning nothing more about her son’s whereabouts than what she could glean from snippets on the television news, Huenulef now at least knows where he is–locked up inside a high-security prison in Valdivia, more than 800 km south of Santiago.
She has also learned that Tapia, a 45-year-old construction worker of Mapuche descent, is the first Chilean since President Michelle Bachelet came to office three years ago to be processed under the country’s controversial anti-terrorism law (Ley 19.027), a relic of the Gen. Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) dictatorship. Read the rest of this entry ?