Chile, Mapuches, and WikiLeaks

The LA Times reported on Dec. 15, 2010 that the Mapuche Indians in Chile and the Chilean government were mentioned in the WikiLeaks postings.

Apparently, the leaked U.S. diplomatic cables show that the government of former President Michelle Bachelet grew concerned about the “increasingly radicalized” Mapuche Indians and prompted Chile to seek help from the United States in investigating whether the Indigenous group was receiving funds from “foreign terrorist groups and/or Venezuela.”

In cables from the U.S. Embassy in Santiago released by WikiLeaks and published on websites, the “Mapuche situation” and the “Mapuche conflict” worried Chile’s government. The Mapuche have sought greater autonomy in recent years over what are claimed as ancestral lands in the Araucania region, about 400 miles south of the capital.

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