An indigenous leader is said to have dreamt as he lay in his prison cell located in Concepcion. This is a cell found over 400 miles south of Santiago, the capital of Chile. The return of the ancestral land is the main feature in the dream of this indigenous leader.
- Basques and Catalans enjoy autonomous rule
The leader foresees that the Mapuche nation in Chile model is founded on the autonomy in ruling enjoyed by Catalans and Basques in Spain. He faces innumerable hurdles to jump which include the opposition presented by the government including imprisonment of prominent Mapuche nation leaders. Other militants of the Mapuche nation are not spared either by the government. Moreover, he faces another hurdle since the Mapuche people are divided in terms of strategy.
- Land recovery will cost tears, blood and sweat
There was an attack that was aimed at a certain prosecutor of the state and police. This attack was said to have been choreographed by Auroca Malleco, who was aged 41 at the time of the attack in the year 2008. He was later imprisoned due to his radical actions. It is this imprisonment that made Llaitul to say that recovery of the indigenous land of the Mapuche people would make many people sweat, others shed blood and tears.
- Charged and imprisoned
After the arrest of the leader and several other prominent leaders in charge of the revolution and the war, the Chilean government charged them of anti-terrorist activities. This charge was based on the military dictatorship that enacted the anti-terrorist legislation between 1973 and 1990. This legislation authorized protracted anticipatory incarceration. A total of 50 Mapuche people were imprisoned. This statistic was taken by a lobby non-governmental group that was lobbying for their release.
- A Mapuche Indian killed
The campaign of the Mapuche Indians to secure the release of the privately seized properties led to the said arrest and detention. However, they were not about to relent. They forged forward in their pursuit of freedom and recognition. Their surge in the land they claimed was theirs since it was owned by their forefathers; they burnt various companies’ equipment and clashed with the police in a bloody affair. These clashes led to the death of one of their own: a Mapuche Indian.
- Mapuche Indians the largest minority in Chile
The exact number of the Mapuche Indians in Chile is not known with precision, but it is thought to be in close to or slightly more than 600,000. This number is the largest that a minority community has held in Chile representing close to 6% of the country’s entire population. Many of the Mapuche people call for the recovery of the land lost in a conflict that was there in the 19th century. This conflict has led to the drawing up of battle lines between farm companies and ranch holders. Temucuicui is the town that feels most of the heat of the resistance and the battle. It has close to 200 homes that sit near forests, and far from the cities in Chile where most of the Mapuches live in abject poverty and under constant discrimination.
Few months ago my husband and I took a trip to South America. In particular, we went to Argentina to explore the world of Latin America. We visited many little towns as well as dedicated a couple of days to the big and gorgeous Buenos Aires.