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A police operation in the Indigenous community of Temucuicui left 2 people dead and 8 injured.
Chile's Production and Commerce Confederation (CPC) President Juan Sutil condemned the violent events that resulted in the death of rural worker Orwal Casanova and a police officer in the La Araucania region on Thursday.
The Mapuche Territorial Alliance (ATM) noted that over 60 Police Special Force contingents were deployed in the Ercilla community to carry out what President Sebastian Piñera's administration described as an operation against a drug and arms trafficking network.
The police action took place in the context of the final trial on the assassination of Indigenous Mapuche Camilo Catrillanca whose family was prevented from reaching court.
Casanova passed away after being shot in the face in the La Victoria commune. Officer Morales was a member of the Investigation Police's Tactical Reaction Team and died after being shot in the head.
"Here it is not a problem of different administrations, it is a problem of the State. We have an agenda for advancing Indigenous development that has been stalled for decades. There is no progress in terms of their demands and their recognition," Sutil said.