Chile: Cristobal Olivares, The eternity of tomorrow
The Mapuche are the largest indigenous community in Chile. They are known as a for the claims right to recover ancestral lands that have been affected by the impact of the forest industry and state business.
The level of conflict in the southern regions has increased. Apart from social mobilization, the Mapuche adopted other measures of pressure like the squatting of the lands. This claiming right process generated a negative reaction from the government that resulted in the implementation of a policy of judicial criminalization, persecution, and the militarization of these ancestral territories.
The violence against the Mapuche people have specific consequences on children and teenagers, derived from criminalization, raids, interrogations, and other actions carried out by members of the police. The national institute of human rights counted 133 cases that include police violence against Mapuche youth in the last 5 years, while other cases have not been reported.