Clashes between police and indigenous Mapuche erupt in central Chile | AFP

Police clash with members of the indigenous Mapuche community in the central Chilean town of Temuco, south of capital Santiago, as protests from the community has intensified in recent weeks over logging and land rights.

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Attack causes the derailment of a freight train in the Mapuche region of Chile | AFP

A freight train was derailed after being attacked by a group of people in the Araucanía Region, in southern Chile, shaken for weeks by a series of attacks attributed to radical Mapuche groups.

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In Chile, a classroom on wheels brings school to rural children | AFP

In southern Chile, a small school is using vans to bring the classroom closer to children living in rural areas, many of Mapuche origin and without access to computers or the internet in a country semi-paralyzed by the pandemic.

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Fracking leaves heavy footprint in Argentina’s Patagonia | AFP

Vaca Muerta, the world’s second-largest reserve of shale gas and fourth largest reserve of oil, is home to the indigenous Mapuche people and they warn that the burgeoning oil and shale gas industry here, in particular the controversial fracking technique to extract it, has irreversibly damaged their ancestral homelands, and with it their traditional way of life.

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Protest a year after death of Chile Mapuche activist | AFP

Thousands protest on Santiago’s Italy Square a year after Mapuche activist Camilo Catrillanca was shot by police. IMAGES

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Rap group fights for indigenous rights in Chile

Performing to around 100 people in a Santiago park, rap band “Wechekeche Ni Trawun” is using music as a peaceful way to fight for the rights of the Mapuche indigenous community. Wearing traditional bandanas in the “Trarilonco” colors, three of the band’s members beat out the rhythm with their “wada” instruments, a form of Mapuche maracas.

Chilean police uses teargas & water cannons to disperse protestors for rights of indigenous people

Hundreds of people gathered in the Chilean capital of Santiago to protest for the rights of the Mapuche indigenous people.

Streets were set on fire as police dispersed around 400 protesters using water cannons and teargas.

The Mapuche cause came to prominence when a 24-year-old farmer named Camilo Catrillanca was shot in the back by police in the Araucania region in November 2018.

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Tear gas & water cannons: Protesters clash with police at rally over Mapuche killing

Chile: Clashes erupted as demonstrators protested over the police killing of a Mapuche man in Santiago on Thursday.
Protesters burned tyres and threw stones at police, while police fired tear gas and water cannons.
On Wednesday, 24-year-old Camilo Catrillanca was shot in the head during an operation against local car thieves.
Catrillanca was the grandson of a Mapuche indigenous leader.

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Pope in Chile: “Unity is not meant to silence differences”

“We must abandon the notion that there are higher or lower cultures,” says Pope Francis in the Chilean city of Temuco as he gives a message of unity and equality in the heartland of the country’s largest indigenous group, the Mapuche, which complains of discrimination and abuse and is seeking the return of ancestral lands now in private hands.

Thousands of pilgrims await pope for open air Temuco mass

Thousands of pilgrims have flocked to the city of Temuco, in the homeland of the indigenous Mapuche people, to listen to the words of Pope Francis. The pontiff is expected to draw attention to the plight of Chile’s largest indigenous group, which complains of discrimination and abuse and is seeking the return of ancestral lands now in private hands.

Protest in support of Mapuche people ends in violent clashes with police in Chile

Clashes erupted in Santiago on Monday, when around 5,000 protesters took to the streets in support of the Mapuche people in Chile.

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