Indigenous rioters clashed with police officers armed with shields during protests in the streets of Chile against the government.
The Mapuche people were joined by human rights activists in Santiago yesterday to demonstrate after the recent killing by the police of a young indigenous man.
Camilo Catrillanca, 24, was shot dead in November during a police operation while driving a tractor to work in the Araucania region, the epicentre of the Mapuche conflict.
A Mapuche indigenous activist attempts to stop the movement of riot policemen during a protest demanding justice for Camilo Catrillanc, a young Mapuche man killed by police
Members of the Carabineros Special Forces walk within a cloud of tear gas during a rally in Santiago, Chile, yesterday. Catrillanca, 24, was shot dead in November during a police operation while driving a tractor to work in the Araucania region
A riot police water truck is hit by a molotov bomb during the protests yesterday. Police said they fired while pursuing people who stole three vehicles. Catrillanca’s family said he was shot in the back in cold blood
Cyclists ride past burning debris set on fire during a demonstration by Mapuches indigenous people and human rights activists against the Government
A Mapuche indigenous activist is detained during a protest demanding justice for Camilo Catrillanca
Police said they fired while pursuing people who stole three vehicles. Catrillanca’s family said he was shot in the back in cold blood.
Indigenous activists accuse the government of using heavy-handed tactics against the Mapuches, some of whom have been agitating for greater land rights.
The government of Sebastian Pinera will send to Congress this month a bill that constitutionally recognises the indigenous peoples of Chile, in response to a historic demand from the Mapuche community, Interior Minister Andres Chadwick announced on December 11.
Two senior police officials resigned after the discovery that officers destroyed video showing the shooting of Catrillanca.
Mapuche indigenous people are joined by human rights activists as they wave flags and march through the streets of Santiago during a demonstration against the government yesterday
A Mapuche indigenous activist attempts to stop the movement of riot policemen during a protest demanding justice for Camilo
Mapuche indigenous activists react to tear gas released by riot police during the chaotic scenes yesterday
A young Mapuche boy plays a musical instrument amid the violent protests going on in Santiago yesteday
Interior Minister Andres Chadwick said via Twitter last week that destruction of the memory card from a monitoring camera was ‘unacceptable.’
He said Gen. Mauro Victoriano and Col. Ivan Contreras Figueroa and four members of special forces unit resigned.
Thousands of people attended the funeral of 24-year-old Catrillanca.