Chile: truckers block main road of country in protest of arson attacks

Posted on January 8, 2013 • Filed under: Agriculture, Business, Chile, Conflicts, Latin America Indigenous Issues, TRAVEL reported that Chilean truckers blocked the country’s main highway on Monday to protest a string of arson attacks, including one that killed an elderly couple in a southern region that Mapuche Indians call their usurped ancestral land.

The couple’s death has triggered a national debate on the escalation of a conflict in Araucania, where Mapuche Indians — the fearsome opponents of the Spanish conquistadores 500 years ago— are pitted against timber companies and wealthy landowners. Read Article

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