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Mapuche Communities Occupy Municipal Government Over Water

On Monday, January 30th, members from five Mapuche-Pehuenche communities occupied the municipal government of Lonquimay over the lack of water in their communities. The protest seems to have been sparked by the fact that the local government recently delayed a bidding process aimed at ultimately providing water to the communities. The local alcalde has explained that the process was delayed is because there were irregularities in the bidding that included possible intimidation and coercion. Continue reading

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Piñera Announces Roundtable with Mapuche

On Friday, President Piñera announced to the country that a roundtable discussion with the Mapuche will commence in Temuco next week, specifically on the hill of Ñielol. The announcement came as a surprise to most and occurred on a grand stage–during the raising of Chile’s flag at the start of the Bicentennial celebrations. Continue reading

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