Gabriel Boric will travel to the Mapuche conflict zone

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Chile's president will meet Thursday and Friday with local authorities and victims of rural violence

Gabriel Boric will travel to the mapuche conflict zone


Cristián Torresfrom Santiago, Chile

Gabriel Boric will travel to the Mapuche conflict zone

A busy schedule awaits President Gabriel Boric on his first visit to La Araucanía as the country's highest authority. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

The President of Chile, Gabriel Boric, will travel this Thursday to the Mapuche conflict zone of La Araucanía.

The information was published by the newspaper La Tercera and it ensures that the president intends to arrive in the area during the early hours of this Thursday and his visit will last until this Friday.

Boric will arrive in the city of Temuco, located 619 kilometers south of Santiago, where he will meet with the presidential delegation and then have breakfast with local authorities. On that occasion he is expected to meet with victims of rural violence.

After this, the president will go to the town of Angol, located in the region of La Araucanía, to hold meetings with mayors and with people who have been victims of violence. Later he will travel to the Lonquimay area where he will have activities in the municipality.

For Friday, an activity would be contemplated in the town of Villarrica together with mayors at the Liquen Cultural Center. “We are going with good news, we are working hard on that,” Boric said, and that “the conflicts that exist around the lack of treatment that the State has had with the Mapuche people, and also the violence that has existed in the area that it is absolutely unacceptable.”

The news was released after the authority received representatives of the opposition in the Presidential Palace of Cerro Castillo, in order to collect perceptions in the face of this trip that will be focused on issues such as security and investment.


Gabriel Boric will travel to the zone of the Mapuche conflict

CAM has criticized President Gabriel Boric's visit to La Araucanía.

Although President Boric's trip was imminent, there was no exact clarity on the date. Now with the latter confirmed, the Minister of the Interior, Carolina Tohá, maintained that an arson attack recorded at dawn this Wednesday in La Araucanía “is not going to prevent the presence of the president.” In this attack, a private house, two sheds, a truck and a sawmill were burned.

“What we can say is that there is no doubt that this will not prevent the presence of the President and that is not the reason why he has waited for this date to make the visit.”

Added to this is an attack in the town of Lonquimay with four cabins burned by the Resistencia Mapuche Pehuenche (RMP) group, and another attack in the city of Concepción that was attributed to the Mapuche group Coordinadora Arauco Malleco (CAM).

The CAM criticized Boric's visit to La Araucanía in a statement published in Werken Noticias. According to the group, with the trip the country's highest authority would seek to “legitimize itself against sectors that accept the institutional crumbs of a system in crisis. Their trip to Wallmapu responds to the interests of the oligarchy, to the power of the economic groups that directly confront the Mapuche cause.”

“It is the landowners, settlers and forestry entrepreneurs who that Boric intends to leave alone with his visit,” said CAM, who accused the government of “consolidating a neo-fascist strategy to combat the Mapuche movement.”

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