November 28, 2019–GJEP and our partners Biofuelwatch and RADA were with this Mapuche community after it was attacked by the Chilean National Police for re-occupying their ancestral lands after requests to receive official land title went unheard. This young man had been shot in the head by rubber-coated metal pellets. Our interview with him is below. Photo: Langelle/ GJEP
This year is the 50th year that GJEP Co-founder Orin Langelle has been hitting the streets as an activist and photojournalist. As you can see from the latest posts in our Chile Climate News page, he has no intention of slowing down!
Translation of statement: “We want to make a public statement to the Chilean territory, to Mapuche people, to the whole country, to inform about this situation where riot policemen have done things here in the Liempi Colipi community, in the district of Curacautín, La Araucanía region. They have entered the community today-the riot policemen-without any previous dialogue, any eviction order. When we reached them to have a conversation, they started shooting tear gas canisters. They started shooting at us, and the one that hit me was fired from no more than fifteen meters away. So, we make a public statement for you to be aware of this. There are more injured peñis, on their arms, on their stomach, in their tummy. So, we encourage you to pay attention to this, to be prepared because the riot police officers are coming after us again. Marichiweu! (We shall win a hundred times in Mapudungun)”