Saturday, October 16

State of emergency in Chile: 3 keys to understanding the centennial Mapuche conflict (and why Piñera decided to send the army to the south of the country)

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clashes between the Mapuches and the Chilean police

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Clashes between the Mapuches and the Chilean police have increased in recent years.

The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, decided this week to declare a state of emergency in four provinces located in the so-called “southern macrozone” of Chile, for “serious disturbance of public order.”

The announcement – released this Tuesday, October 12 – comes amid an escalation of violence in the “red zone” of the Mapuche conflict, between the Biobío and La Araucanía regions, located about 600 kilometers south of Santiago.

Arson attacks against churches, burning of houses, armed attacks against drivers on rural roads and the death of both Mapuches and farmers and police are some of the serious events that concern the Chilean authorities.

Under a state of emergency, now the security management in the area will be in charge of the Armed forces of the Latin American country for 15 days (extendable for another 15 in case the president decides to extend it).

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