Chilean indigenous activist Nicolasa Quintreman apparently drowned after falling into the reservoir of the dam whose construction she protested for 10 years.
Chilean police invaded an indigenous Mapuche community and arrested four leaders—weeks after a community leader presented the Mapuche case to human rights groups in Europe.
Performance art, floral tributes and militant protests marked 40 years since a military coup brought Chile a 17-year dictatorship, 3,000 deaths and thousands of cases of torture.
An indigenous Mapuche community blocked access to the Argentine state oil company’s wells and derricks after five of the village’s buildings were set on fire.
The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism urged Chilean authorities to refrain from applying anti-terrorism laws against the Mapuche indigenous people.
Mapuche activists are occupying land, planning a march to protest the usurpation of their territory—and questioning the safety of Chile’s growing salmon farming industry.
Mapuche in southwestern Argentina followed through on their promise to block oil drilling by Chevron in their territory—they occupied four oil wells.
Argentina’s Mapuche say they will challenge a hydrofracking deal with Chevron, the multinational scofflaw that refuses to pay $19 billion it owes indigenous Ecuadorans.
President Sebastián Piñera offered to have “consultations” with the Mapuche. Indigenous leaders responded by calling for self-government.
Plans for a major hydroelectric plant in southern Chile have been stalled by environmental concerns and oppostion from Mapuche communities fearing the loss of sacred sites.
Some 20 Mapuche protesters, including women and children, were assaulted and arrested as they demonstrated outside a hearing for a prisoner on hunger strike.
“It was painful to see him,” a Spanish legislator said about the imprisoned activist, who had been on hunger strike for 74 days. “Mr. Héctor Llaitul could die at any moment.”