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  • Mapuche women participate in a march for the Mapuche resistance, in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 12, 2015.

    Mapuche women participate in a march for the Mapuche resistance, in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 12, 2015. | Photo: EFE

Published 2 April 2019

"We will make use of our right to freedom -- determination enshrined in the United Nations declaration in 2007,” Mapuchefolkets Kamp said.

Indigenous Mapuche communities of Ercilla, Chile, called for a solidarity demonstration Wednesday, April 3, in Temuco. A march for Peace-Demilitarization and Mapuche Self-Determination is due to be held in Santiago the same day.

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The community action intends to reaffirm “the rights that legitimately assist us, on this day we will announce the issues that we could not expose on March 20 to our Mapuche nation and to the national and international public opinion,” Mapuchefolkets Kamp said on social media.

“Therefore, we will make use of our right to freedom -- determination enshrined in the United Nations declaration in 2007 and we call on the Chilean people to attend and accompany us in this concentration.”

The call to action was announced four days after the last demonstration, March 20, demanding an end to the militarization of Mapuche territory and in commemoration of Camilo Catrillanca, young Mapuche murdered by the Chilean police, known as the Carabineros, while he was driving a tractor, on Nov. 14, 2018.

In that protest, participants did not request a permit, insisting that they did not have to ask for permission to demonstrate. Carabineros repressed demonstrators leading to a score of people arrested. After the incidents, the governor of Cautin, Mauricio Ojeda, requested that protesters request authorization to avoid problems.

Aucan Huilcaman, leader of the Council of All Lands Aukiñ Wallmapu Ngulam (AWNg), responded that it was not necessary to ask for authorization since "the right to demonstrate peacefully is guaranteed by the Constitution."

The march in Temuco is set to begin 10:00 am at the Hospital Plaza while the demonstration in Santiago is scheduled for 20:00 in the Plaza de Armas. Other demonstrations are due to take place  In Puerto Aysen and Valparaiso as well.

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