New arson attacks were reported this Monday in Araucanía, in southern Chile, where the state of exception has been in force since last week, which enables the armed forces to intervene and collaborate with the Police, the site reported. Biobio.
In the first two recorded incidents, all during the early morning, eight trucks were burned by hooded men and one person was injured in the city of Victoria, Malleco province. According to the Chilean Investigative Police (PDI), a pamphlet was found at the site that read: “No to Wallmapu militarization (Mapuche territory). Free resistance Malleco “.
🔴 NOW | Endurance #Mapuche from #Mesti of awarded 3 sabotage actions, the first one against seven trucks and one van belonging to the Trimma company, located in Victoria. They left leaflets with the slogan: “NO TO THE MILITARIZATION OF THE FREE WALLMAPU” pic.twitter.com/TrZC10fV2C
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In a third attack, unknown persons set fire to a Rural Potable Water (APR) project in the Curacautín commune of the same department. Besides the fire, shots were fired and machinery was destroyed.
Malleco’s presidential delegate, Katia Guzmán, rejected the aggressions and described them as “irrational”: “If after these actions, what is sought is to instill fear and intimidate us, these criminals will not achieve it, because all these terrorists are looking for is cause fear in the population, but we and the vast majority of those who live in the region of La Araucanía, we only want to live in peace, “he said.
And, in response to the message of those allegedly responsible, he added that the presence of the Armed Forces “is precisely to guarantee the rule of law, to be able to give peace.”
Since last October 14, the Chilean Navy has carried out patrols and controls in the South Macrozone of the country, within the framework of the state of exception declared by the Government of Sebastián Piñera, after registering a “serious disturbance of public order”.
Some 900 armed soldiers, 3 helicopters, 10 armored cars and 5 Army all-terrain vehicles were sent by the national government to the Bío Bío and Arauco provinces, in the Bío Bío region; and Malleco and Cautín, in La Araucanía.
The measure responds to a series of incidents attributed to Mapuche communities due to a territorial dispute, and the authorities award radicalized groups some of the arson attacks and land seizures that occur with some frequency in the region.
Last Friday, the head of Chile’s National Defense for the southern provinces of Arauco and Bío Bío, Jorge Parga, acknowledged that an Army intervention is not ruled out in the event of clashes in the area.
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