Revolutionary students erected flaming barricades and clashed with police outside the University of La Frontera in Temuco, during a protest in memory of indigenous Mapuche Camilo Catrillanca, killed by the special anti-terrorist unit of the Chilean police, Comando Jungla, on November 14, 2018.
Catrillanca was shot in the back of the head, as he drove his tractor away from a Jungle Commando unit in Temucuicui, a small community 600km south of the capital, Santiago.
For many years, the Chilean state and private companies have plundered the Mapuche’s ancestral lands for forestry and other industries, draining its natural resources and using indiscriminate violence against them.
The Mapuche have fiercely resisted state and capitalist forces with 920 arson attacks, 924 armed confrontations and 509 attacks on police between 2013 and 2018.
Tensions rose in June 2018, when Piñera deployed the Jungle Commandos to the region, equipped with tanks, helicopters and armoured cars.
As the uprising continues in Chile, revolutionary forces, including Mapuche militants and anarchists are intensifying resistance and attacks on the right-wing Piñera regime in memory of those like Camilo Catrillanca, who was murdered by the police.