Incendiary Attacks at Commemoration of the Death of Macarena Valdés in Chile

Published August 24, 2019

Chile

Molotovs, barricades, incendiary attacks, and clashes broke out in Santiago, Chile on August 22, when the riot cops attacked protesters, demanding justice for the assassination of Macarena Valdés.

On August 22, 2016, Macarena Valdés was murdered. Coming from the Mapuche community Newen de Tranguil in Panguipulli, she was known for her active opposition to the transnational company RP Global, which is trying to implement a hydroelectric project on the territory. When she died, the authorities claimed that it was a suicide, but following a massive campaign, her body was exhumed and subjected to a second autopsy by an independent forensic examiner who established that she had been murdered. She had been threatened and intimidated before her death.

Every year, an event commemorates the memory of Macarena Valdès. The commemoration began with a rally at the Museo de la Memoria in Santiago. But clashes then took place in the neighborhood of Barrio Yungay in Santiago. Dozens of hooded protesters erected barricades, burned three buses and clashed with the Carabinieri who came in force. 15 people, including a minor, were arrested following the clashes.

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Original text in French: https://secoursrouge.org/chili-affrontements-a-la-commemoration-de-la-mort-de-macarena-valdes/