Chile's largest indigenous group sees opportunity in a new constitution

By John Bartlett, 17 September
Mapuche community support march (photo credit: Carol Crisosto Cadiz/flickr)
Mapuche community support march (photo credit: Carol Crisosto Cadiz/flickr)
The long-simmering conflict between the Mapuche, Chile’s largest Indigenous group, and the government over land rights and cultural recognition has escalated and spilled into violence in recent weeks, stoked by the economic pain that followed the pandemic. The clashes were condemned by the government. But the strife amplified public support for the Mapuche’s demands and pushed their cause to the top of the political agenda just weeks before Chileans decide whether to overhaul their Constitution, potentially creating the first opportunity in decades for official recognition of Chile’s Indigenous communities.
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