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History of the Mapuche Nation of Chile-Argentina

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Mapuche to be evicted Sep 20 (Argentina)
From SAIIC, 18 September 1996. Judges of the Tribunal Oral Federal from the state of Neuquen in the traditionally Mapuche region of Pulmari decided to evict the Mapuche people from their ancestral land, give support to "La Corporacion Pulmari" (CIP) to exploit the area for business interests.
UN Mapuche leader, detained in Santiago, Chile
Mapuche International Link press release, 10 May 1999. Pedro Cayuqueo arrested on his arrival from Geneva where he had taken part in the 55th Annual Session of the Commission of Human Rights of the United Nations. He went to Geneva as the Secretary of the Co-ordination of Arauco-Malleco Communities in Conflict. The context of his detention is the repressive official policy of the Chilean government towards Mapuche people.
Praise and Doubts for Gov't 'Indigenous Pact'
By Gustavo Gonzalez, IPS, 6 August 1999. Land disputes between indigenous groups and logging concerns and conflicts over energy projects such as dams have heightened since January,Frei's centre-left government initiated a dialogue with Mapuche communities on May 28. The pact was promoted by Frei's centre-left government to resolve increasingly complex conflicts with indigenous peoples and fomenting development of native communities.
Mapuche nation under attack!!
Mapuche International Link press release, 26 August 1999. The Chilean Government has broken the Agreement to Respect Citizens' Rights which it signed as recently as 5 August 99. The police detained 34 people from indigenous communities. 400 people have been imprisoned since the beginning of the year. This figure compares with the worst years of repression under the Pinochet regime (in English and Castellan).
Public Communique by the Mapuche coordination (Chile)
From Coordinadora Mapuche Arauco, 25 January 2000. The Mapuches live today under Chilean and Argentinian rule. They have been struggling for their rights for several hundred years and today they represent about 1+1/2 Million people. Recently, the Mapuches have been defending their land from hydroelectric dam megaprojects and forest clearcuts supported by the Chilean government and Foreign Multinationals.

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