October 16, 2012
About 10 detainees, at least two children wounded and a growing outrage are the result of the aggressive arrival of the Chilean president Sebastián Piñera to Mapuche territory, trying to validate his strategy to smother the movement of the communities.
That is what the political arm of the war against the Mapuche is about, the so called Indigenous Development Area (ADI), composed of supposed leaders in it for the money to form it and communities created by the Conadi. In it there is only traded money in exchange for abandoning land claims.
Faced with the strong rejection of this anti-Mapuche policy, Piñera decided to make a "visit" to Wallmapu, American style, when presidents visit their troops in the countries they invade. To do this he militarized the entire area of Ercilla and Collipulli, raiding Temucuicui and giving "encouragement" to the military police stationed in Pidima.
The spontaneous manifestations of the communities were violently suppressed, both in Pidima where Mapuche installed canvases on the road, as in the center of Ercilla, where the Chilean president with difficulty managed to enter and give a short and threatening speech.
As a show of force, a raid was ordered on the Lof Temucuicui, with soldiers on foot and in helicopters who were firing from the air to the homes of local families. Two children, aged 7 and 10, were wounded by pellets and beaten with the butts of guns, and a dozen adults were injured in the same way.
Of the 15 Mapuche initially arrested, about 10 remained prisoners and would be formalized on Wednesday, including Luis Toris Quiñinao, Vania Queipul Huaiquil, Jose Queipul Huaiquil, Anibal Queipul, all leaders and community members of Temucuicui and minors of the community Huañaco Millao.
While the hunger strike of the Mapuche prisoners reaches 52 days in Concepción and 17 in Temuco, Piñera said in the area that the hunger strike "is not the way" of seeking justice and treatng as criminals to the Mapuche mobilized in the communities.