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Title: "Mapuche conflict" flares up in Chile's Araucanía region
Author: Witte-Lebhar, Benjamin
Subject(s): Latin America
Chile
Araucanía Region
Mapuche
indigenous
land occupation
Coordinadora Arauco‐Malleco
CAM
carabineros
Jaime Facundo Mendoza Collío
Sebastián Piñera
Héctor Llaitul
conflict
Hugo Albornoz Albornoz
Rodrigo Hinzpeter
human rights
poverty
racism
ownership
Abstract: 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. So‐named for the involvement of ethnic Mapuches, Chile’s largest indigenous group, the conflict also involves non‐Mapuche farmers and rural business magnates, as well as heavily armed carabineros [uniformed police], which maintain a constant presence in and around certain ‘hotspot’ communities in the Biobío and Araucanía regions. Fueling tensions are issues of poverty, land ownership, and racism.
Date: 2012-08-03
Publisher: NotiSur - Latin America Data Base
Citation: Witte-Lebhar, B. (2012, August 03). "Mapuche conflict" flares up in Chile's Araucanía region. NotiSur 21(29):3-5.
Description: Re-posted with permission from the publishers as a PDF document as part of an Institutional Repository collection to aggregate energy policy, regulation, dialogue and educational materials.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/21101
Available at: http://ladb.unm.edu
ISSN: 1060-4189

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