Protests Erupt After the Police in Chile Murder Indigenous Mapuche Member Pablo Marchant

Published July 13, 2021

Protests Erupt After the Police in Chile Murder Indigenous Mapuche Member Pablo Marchant

On Monday July 12, protests erupted after the special police force “Carabineros” murdered Indigenous Mapuche member Pablo Marchant in an act of sabotage in the Mininco forestry company this weekend. Community member Hector Llaitul declared, “Pablo died fighting so we are going to vindicate him.”

The Huichahue and Licano sectors blockaded roads.

Friday, July 9, Pablo Marchant, a member of the Arauco Malleco Coordinating Committee (CAM), died inside the Santa Ana Tres Palos farm of the Mininco forestry company (CMPC), after being shot by the police.

Saturday afternoon, around 300 people arrived outside the Legal Medical Service of Temuco to say goodbye to the Mapuche community member. The group of people accompanied the coffin, while throughout Chile demonstrations for the Mapuche cause took place. This included Temuco, Concepción, Santiago and Viña del Mar.

The attack on the forestry company had been a success, and included burning a bus, an oil supply truck and a skidder vehicle.