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Carabineros shoot native Chilean in the face.

News about Chile: Is this how they deal with "squatters"?


National special police reportedly entered a town today, shot a Mapuche farmer in the face, left him lying in the street,  then denied the family access to him  after they took him to the emergency room. I am not clear on what kind of shots they use, pellets perhaps. Difficult to translate.

Note: The Mapuches are Araucanians, that is to say, natives of the Americas who dwell in south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina.

(I translated the opening paragraphs of the story from Spanish to English as follows. Any errors in translation are my fault. Best I could do thanks.)

During the afternoon this Monday, the 28th of September, 2015, Special Forces and or Carabinero (national police) of Chile (allegedly) made a violent entrance into the Community Coñomil Epuleo situated in the locality of Ercilla, a region of the Araucanía, with blind windowed cars, gas throwers (gas bombs?) and acompanied by an institucional heliopter.

I the midst of the breaking and entering raid, José Coñalinco was gunned down on the patio of his house in front of his family and children, with shot to his face after the shooting by the efficient police. Coñalinco was left gravely wounded on the spot while the “Carabineros” (police) retreated from the area. He was there until the members of his own community transferred him to the emergency (room) at the Hospital of Victoria, where he arrived in grave condition. The families of the community present during the forced entry denounced that even on the hospital premises new “carabineros” arrived and then Coñalinco met with police guards who allowed noone to enter to see the state in which José Coñalinco found himself, nor would the hospital release information: In that respect, they pointed out that (releasing the information) was prohibited.

Translation/interpretation by Frank Ellsworth Lockwood

P.S. I do not yet know why they shot this man but it certainly seem like a human rights violation. Would like to see an end to the violence.  

Source:  http://www.radiovillafrancia.cl/violento-allanamiento-de-carabineros-a-la-comunidad-conomil-epuleo-deja-gravemente-herido-a-comunero-mapuche


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