At least three new sabotages against chilean occupation have occurred in the last week, the arson of a private resort site on lake Lleu Lleu, a manor house in Vilcún and a forestry encampment in Lumaco, which has unleashed a hysterical reaction from the chilean government and its police apparatus in the region, as well as the wrath of businessmen and their political lackeys who have not hesitated to criticize their own government for the failure of its repressive policies against the mapuche movement.
This hysterical reaction generated by the resurgence of actions of resistance at various points in occupied Wallmapu, has brought police headquarters and the government to modify their plan of occupation, using state-of-the-art equipment like at least two spy planes to safeguard the peace of the occupants and control people’s movements especially at night in the region, while significantly increasing the number of police (120 new police officers) which is already high in Wallmapu.
These types of spying aircrafts, planes and helicopters are used officially for control of narcotrafficking, especially in the north of Chile, and their use in the containment of mapuche resistance had not been acknowledged until now by the chilean government. However, mapuche citizens from different communities in Wallmapu, since at least a year ago, have reported having seen or heard on several occasions the flyby of aircrafts almost imperceptible to the naked eye but that can be heard especially at night, such aircrafts could be drones of Israeli origin recently acquired by the Chilean government, and which are utilized widely by the terrorist army of Israel in the repression of the struggle of the Palestinian people.
Burned cabins on lake Lleu Lleu
One of the last private resort sites remaining on the southwest shore of lake Lleu Lleu was burned on the morning of december 23rd by unknown individuals.
According to press reports there were pamphlets found at the scene making reference to mapuche demands.
With this the north side of the lake is practically free of chilean investors and private interests and the reclamation of lakeside space for mapuche communities advances a few meters. And a few years ago lake Lleu Lleu was highly privatized and was practically foreign to the mapuche citizens in the area.
Since the beginning, in the early ’90s, of the new mapuche venture to regain control of the Lleu Lleu lakeside so far several estates have passed from private ownership to the hands of mapuche communities in various ways, some are still legally owned by forestry companies, however comuneros maintain firm territorial control of them.
Fire at manor house on Vilcún estate and burning of forestry encampment in Lumaco
On the morning of this past Friday December 27th, as stated in various official media, unknown individuals set fire to a manor house and a vehicle on the Santa Ana estate in Vilcún, usurped by a certain Gaston Escala, former president of the Chilean Chamber of Construction.
Furthermore on that same morning there was also the burning of a forestry encampment with various industry machinery on a property in Lumaco.
Matias Catrileo continues to struggle
These new actions of sabotage occur within the context of the emblematic antimapuche trials developing in various places in Wallmapu, as well as in the scenario of insane repression by the antimapuche military police against the peaceful marches of the communities and on the eve of the commemoration of weichafe Matias Catrileo being shot and the back and killed.
On January 3rd, 2008 Matias Catrileo was participating along with other comuneros in a peaceful occupation of the Santa Margarita estate in Vilcún when he was shot in the back by a machine gun, fired by ex sergeant Walter Ramirez, who has so far not spent a single day in jail for this treacherous crime.