On his first visit to the Araucanía area, the Chilean president made strong statements against those who carry out “cowardly” actions
Cristián Torresfrom Santiago, Chile
The president of Chile arriving at the region of La Araucanía.
Gabriel Boric landed in the Region of La Araucanía, the well-known Mapuche conflict zone in Chile.
The arrival of the president took place during the early hours of this Thursday thus beginning a busy agenda that he will carry out during the day.
The hours prior to his landing were marked by new attacks in various corners of southern Chile. A rural school in the commune of Curacautín was burned, and in the town of Selva Oscura there was a fire in a church located in Villa Cautín.
Added to all this were roadblocks on Route 5 South and the interruption of traffic in the Victoria commune as well as on the Angol Collipulli road. This is why an extensive police operation has been deployed in the area and in the circle of President Gabriel Boric to avoid setbacks and interruptions.
Security will be in charge of the Carabineros police who will accompany the president's entourage at all times. This will include a helicopter and the trip of reinforcements and escorts from Santiago was even announced.
< img class="aligncenter" src="/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/gabriel-boric-recognized-that-there-were-terrorist-acts-in-the-zone-of-the-conflict-mapuche-and-the- compared-to-nazismo-08ec759.jpg" alt="Gabriel Boric recognized that there were “terrorist acts” in the Mapuche conflict zone and compared them to Nazism" />
President Boric together with Governor Luciano Rivas. (Twitter photo: @LucianoRivas).
The plane that transported the president together with the ministers of Public Works, Interior and the General Secretariat of the Presidency (Segpres) landed in La Araucanía around 7:30 a.m. this Thursday. Boric was received by the Presidential Delegate, José Montalva, who was accompanied by representatives of the Armed Forces and Carabineros.
The first activity carried out by the president was to hold a 45-minute meeting with the Regional Governor, Luciano Rivas.
In a dialogue with Radio Bio Bio, the The authority reported that the meeting with Boric “is a good sign, it is important that the president values this decentralization process, since he recognizes the regional governor as the highest authority.”
Rivas handed over to the president “the victim reparation law, which was left to study. We were talking about the situation of the victims.” This project seeks to support and protect those affected by the security crisis in this area.
“As regional governor of La Araucanía, my message is clear: we want the President of the Republic, Gabriel Boric, listen to the voice of the southern regions of Chile and sponsor this bill, presenting it to Congress as soon as possible. It is urgent to do it. The victims need to be heard and repaired by the State.”
Around noon the president gave a first statement after leading a meeting with the regional cabinet in the city of Temuco.
His speech was marked by statements such as “as a State we have not been able to find a path that has been sustained over time to find peace”, and that “I do not want to enter into a semantic controversy regarding this, it does us a lot of damage. I believe that in the region there have been acts of a terrorist nature” such as the arson attack that affected the Molino Grollmus in Contulmo, which was more than 100 years old.
This is why he announced that “we are going to decree the opening of two support centers for victims of violence (…) one in Temuco and the other in Los Angeles.”
Boric added that the latest church and school fires “reminds me of when in the 1930s the Nazis burned down synagoguesIt reminds me of when in September 1973 the dictatorship burned books in Plaza San Borja.”
The president sent a message to those behind the latest attacks in southern Chile. “I want to tell the people who are behind these attacks that if they believe that depriving the children of rural La Araucanía of education, or depriving the people of La Araucanía of a temple where they can practice their faith, or depriving them of access into the water as they did in the attack in Victoria (…) they are going to manage to intimidate me or this government, they are very wrong.”
His questioning of the protagonists of these events He did not stop there and added that “they are cowards. They are cowards and we are going to pursue them with the full weight of the law.”
The president is expected to continue with his agenda for this Thursday with a meeting with authorities and victims of violence. The trip will last until this Friday.