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Chile: Mapuche environmental activist dies

Chilean indigenous activist Nicolasa Quintreman apparently drowned after falling into the reservoir of the dam whose construction she protested for 10 years.

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Chile: special forces raid Mapuche community

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.

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Chile: thousands mark 40th anniversary of coup

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.

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Chile: Mapuche leaders demand autonomy

President Sebastián Piñera offered to have “consultations” with the Mapuche. Indigenous leaders responded by calling for self-government.

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Chile: Mapuche hunger striker reported near death

“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.”