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Argentine police shoot dead a Mapuche during an eviction operation in Patagonia

Monday, November 27th 2017 - 06:41 UTC
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 The police said the clash came after some Mapuche fled into the mountains following their eviction from national park land near Bariloche. The police said the clash came after some Mapuche fled into the mountains following their eviction from national park land near Bariloche.

Police clashed with a group of Mapuche during an operation to clear lands seized by members of the indigenous community, and one young Mapuche was killed and two were injured, Argentina's government said on Sunday.

 The Security Ministry said in a statement that the incident happened Saturday and stemmed from a police operation that began on Thursday in southern Argentina to evict Mapuche activists from properties they had taken over.

It said the clash came after some Mapuche fled into the mountains following their eviction from national park land near the Patagonia city of Bariloche.

The statement said four police officers searching in the area were attacked by 15 to 20 hooded people armed with spears, guns and stones. It said the officers fired some shots into the trees. Later, two Mapuche came down from the hill carrying a man who had been wounded but died on the way down, the statement said.

The Mapuche community of Lof Lafken Winkul Mapu said a 22-year-old Mapuche had been killed. They identified him as Rafael Nahuel. A hospital said he died of a gunshot wound.

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  • Evil Colonialist Pirate

    What was that with Argies moaning about how the Falklands are “stolen land”?

    Nov 27th, 2017 - 11:50 am +10
  • Clyde15

    pgerman

    As a white immigrant settler you are probably correct. If you are an indigenous indian whose land was stolen...in Argie terms “usurped” your view would be completely the opposite.

    Nov 27th, 2017 - 12:42 pm +7
  • gordo1

    Are we returning to the days of Juio Argentino Roca?

    Nov 27th, 2017 - 07:19 am +6
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