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  • Mapuche families protest in Chile

    Mapuche families protest in Chile's capital in support of Mapuche resistance. | Photo: EFE

The communities say 20-year-old Samuel Llebul was shot by the Chilean National Police.

A member of the Indigenous Mapuche community has been murdered by the Chilean National Police, according to Mapuche communities from Cañete and Tirua.

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The communities say 20-year-old Samuel Llebul was shot by the Chilean National Police force on the route that joins Tirua with Cañete in Antiquina.

Llebul's death was confirmed by the workers at the Cañete Hospital. There are no official reports on the cause of death.

Governor Humberto Toro said Llebul was dead when he arrived at the hospital. He told Radio Biobio that he was unaware of whether the police were involved.

But the Mapuche communities claim Llebul was murdered as part of the ongoing state repression against Mapuche people.

Chile's largest native ethnic group continues to struggle with the government as it tries to regain land lost during Chile's 19th Century expansion southward into the Mapuche-held territory.

Four Mapuche prisoners recently held a hunger strike to demand justice for Indigenous people arrested in Chile.


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