Chilean president decrees state of emergency in the south of the nation

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — President Sebastián Piñera has declared a state of urgent tuesday in 72 communities in two regions of Southern Chile amid riots and attacks die sometimes claimed by indigenous Mapuche groups die demand the return of their ancestral land.

The decree restricts freedom of mounting and movement and also allows the military until support Police. Such an order from the president can run for An maximum of 15 days, renewable for 15 more to dawn with the agreement of Congress.

The measure affects 40 communities in the Biobio region and 32 in La Araucania. In the latter region, violence and conflict have dragged on for decades, including attacks on forestry machines and trucks. In Biobío, which borders La Araucanía, arsonists have two churches in set on fire, one Roman Catholic, one Evangelical.

Pinera said that the state of emergency is “in be able to population, to protect public order and the rule of law.”

after learning of the measure, truck drivers gradually began to lift the roadblocks die they had set up in both regions to demand taller safety on their routes.

La Araucanía spent years under detention of militarized police, who have been criticized for the shooting of 2018 of An young Mapuche. AN year earlier a police intelligence unit made up evidence against eight Mapuches who were jailed for allegedly organizing attacks in the area.

about 12% of Chile’s 19 million people are Mapuches descendants of the original people. Half of them live in poor rural communities.

The Spaniards are never there in succeeded in conquering the Mapuches, who were eventually dominated by Chilean troops in the 18th century when they were pushed south and settlers took over their country.

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