Officialism and Opposition: United by Hatred


10th October 2022

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On Tuesday 4 October, at 7am, the repressive eviction of the Lof Lafken Winkul Mapu in Río Negro began, by order of Federal Judge Maria Silvina Dominguez.

Police forces entered the Lof and destroyed the rewe, a ceremonial space for the Mapuche people. They attacked with lead bullets and tear gas, destroying the ceremonial grounds. They abused, assaulted and arrested Machi Betiana Colhuan, the spiritual authority, as well as two patients that required medical treatment, other lamngen (sisters), one of whom is 40 weeks pregnant, mothers with months-old babies, pu wentru (men) and 13 minors.

Some of the children, in shock and facing repression, fled to hide in the forest. They stayed there for more than 12 hours, cold and hungry. Meanwhile their grandmothers demanded to re-enter the territory, in order to find their grandchildren and take them to a safe place, but they were not permitted access.

At midday, personnel entered the site on motorbikes, with large weapons to fire against the children and young people of the Lof.

The mothers of those children remain in the custody of the airport security police. Among the injured were a 12-year-old child and a missing young person.

The police have not lifted the road blocks at the moment, however, they have allowed the gauchos (the gang of Bruno Pogliano, mayor of El Bolsón) to pass through and intimidate the pu lamngen that gathered to search for their children.

We demand the immediate release of our sisters and brothers, the return of all the pu lamngen – siblings of the Lof Lafken Winkul Mapu – to the territory, and the commitment to the physical safety of the pu pichikeche (children) and the pu lamngen (sisters).

Immediate freedom for Machi Betiana Colhuan, the maximum spiritual authority!

The Movement of Women and Diverse Indigenous Peoples for Good Life calls for a protest, and for the participation of all women, of organised diverse people from the entire country and of society as a whole.

We call for protests at all delegations of the Ministry of Women and Diversity, as well as at the offices of the Council of Women in every municipality in the country, and at the tribunal administrations of the entire country. An injury to one is an injury to ALL.

Xipatupe kom pu lamngen, freedom for our sisters!

This will not go unpunished.

Marici Weu! Marici Weu!

Photo taken by @Luan_Colectiva via @mmindigenas, permission neither sought nor given.



El martes 4 de Octubre, a las 7 am comenzó la represión para desalojar al Lof Lafken Winkul Mapu en Río Negro a cargo de la Jueza Federal Maria Silvina Dominguez.

El comando unificado ingresó al Lof, destruyendo el rewe, espacio ceremonial del pueblo Mapuche. Atacaron con balas de plomo y gases lacrimógenos destruyendo el lugar de ceremonia. Maltrataron, golpearon y detuvieron a la Machi Betiana Colhuan, autoridad espiritual, más dos pacientes que requerían tratamiento medicinal, otras lamngen (hermanas), una de ellas embaraza de 40 semanas, madres con bebés de meses, pu wentru (hombres) y 13 menores.

Algunes niñes en estado de shock, frente a la represión, huyeron escondiéndose en el bosque. Se mantuvieron durante más de 12 horas con frío y hambre. Mientras tanto sus abuelas reclamaban ingresar al territorio para encontrarse con sus nietos y llevárselos a un lugar seguro pero no se lo permitieron.

A la media mañana ingresaron al predio efectivos en motos, con armas largas que disparaban contra niñes y jóvenes del Lof.
Las madres de algunos de estos niñes permanecen detenidas por la policía de seguridad aeroportuaria. Dentro del número de heridos se encuentra un niñe de tan solo 12 años y un joven desaparecido.

El comando unificado no levantó los retenes hasta el momento, sin embargo sí dejo pasar a los gauchos (patota del intendente de El Bolsón, Bruno Pogliano) que fueron a amedrentar a pu lamngen que se manifestaban en búsqueda de las niñeces.

Exigimos la inmediata liberación de las hermanas y hermanos, el retorno al territorio de todos los pu lamngen - hermanes del Lof Lafken Winkul Mapu y el compromiso de la integridad física de pu pichikeche - niñes y pu lamngen - hermanas.

¡Liberación inmediata a la Machi Betiana Colhuan máxima autoridad espiritual!

Desde el Movimiento de Mujeres y Diversidades Indígenas por el Buen Vivir convocamos a manifestarse y concentrar a todas las mujeres y diversidades organizadas de todo el país y a la sociedad toda.

Hacemos un llamamiento para concentrar en todas las delegaciones del Ministerio de la Mujer y Diversidades como así también, las oficinas del Consejo de la Mujer en cada municipio del país, y las administraciones de tribunales de todo el país. Si tocan a una, nos tocan a TODAS.

¡Xipatupe kom pu lamngen, libertad a nuestras hermanas!

Esto no quedará impune.

Marici Weu! Marici Weu!

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