Peggy Lowry, a member of the SAIIC Committee, recently returned from a trip to Chile, where she had the opportunity to visit several Mapuche communities and organizations. In the following comments she talks about what she learned.
The on-going conflict between the inhuman dictatorship of General Pinochet and grassroots organizations continues to effect the Mapuche. On September 3, in Temuco, 300 miles south of Santiago, paramilitary commandos fired at the office of the Mapuche…
"It has been more than two hundred years since the wars of Indian liberation led by
Tupak Amaru and Tupak Katari. A war of liberation ends when the cause of justice
triumphs, or when the enemy totally destroys the people.
After the announcement of Chile's entry into the North American Free Trade Agreement, indigenous groups speak out against the potential economic and territorial consequences of the agreement for indigenous communities.
ENDESA. the largest private company in Chile is planning to construct six hydroelectric dams on the Biobio river in southern Chile. ENDESA now says it will move ahead with construction of the largest of the Biobfo dam called Ralco. Ralco threatens to…