SANTIAGO – Unidentified individuals set fire on Monday to four vehicles and two pieces of forestry machinery in the latest attack in Araucania, a region in southern Chile.
The attack occurred in the early morning hours on lands belonging to the Masisa wood products company on the highway that links Victoria and Curacautin.
The assailants left behind a sign that said “Fuera las forestales, libertad a los presos politicos mapuches” (Get out forestry companies, freedom for the Mapuche political prisoners).
Four units from the Victoria fire department and numerous Carabineros militarized police officers responded to the attack.
The Mapuches, Chile’s largest indigenous group with slightly more than 600,000 members, demand constitutional recognition of their tribal identity, rights and culture, as well as ownership of the lands that belonged to their ancestors.