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Weekly Report - 21 January 2021 (WR-21-03)

CHILE: Mapuche rift widens after drug raid

The hope that indigenous participation in drafting Chile’s new constitution [WR-21-02] would help to reduce tensions between the government and the Mapuche in the southern region of Araucanía has been dealt a serious blow. The Temucuicui Mapuche indigenous community began urgent talks on 18 January to discuss a massive anti-drug operation conducted by the police in the area a week earlier, during which there was one fatality. The operation was carried out on the very same day as the long-awaited verdict in an emotive case involving the killing of a Mapuche youth by the militarised police (Carabineros).

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