Chile: Mapuche Leader Urges President to Restart Dialogue

Santiago, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) The Mapuche leader from the Temucuicui community, Juan Catrillanca, has called on Chilean President Sebastian Piñera to resume the talks aimed at ending the disputes between the government and the native peoples.

The Mapuche leader told the local media that his people are tired of the constant violations to their human rights by the police forces.

However, repression will not force his people to give up fighting for their ancestral lands, Catrillanca said.

He also considered that the Chilean President should resume the dialogue started and developed by former president Michelle Bachelet before the earthquake and tsunami that hit Chile on February 2010.

The leader reiterated that violence against Mapuches has been constant; and set as an example the recent bullet wound to a child belonging to that community, in the centre of Chile.

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