State of emergency – Where are we heading?

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What is the price to pay for the recognition and respect of our human rights or for the restitution of our territories, the price is death, as we see today, with the assassination by the police and the army of our brother, Jordan Liempi (23) and Iván Porma (44) who was shot and is fighting between life and death, that’s what Patrick Henri[1] meant in his sentence “freedom or death”, it is surely what our brothers thought in their last breath.

By Diego Ancalao G.

It is the voice of a people who are still trying to assassinate in the name of peace, like Cornelio Saavedra, who 140 years ago, under the euphemism of “Pacification of Araucania”, murdered our grandparents. It was a time when they looted our lands, which are today in the hands of forestry and agricultural contractors, protected by police and military forces, under the state of emergency, promulgated by President Piñera and supported by all political sectors of Congress. This is no coincidence, because where the exception takes root, uncertainty and the total absence of defense arise, leaving life bare without any right to protect it.

In fact, the Mapuche of Wallmapu do not live in a democracy; they live in a police state, characterized by the brutality of the riflemen and the military, they have the form and the strength of an occupying army, the aim of which is not to protect us; nor to watch over our well-being; their sole purpose and cause is to protect the interests of businessmen, those who do not even live there.

These are the same conditions that prevailed in Algeria, Ireland and the Basque Country which pushed these peoples to the noble task of shaking off the yoke by resorting to recessive measures against the invader. These conditions prevail today in Mapuche communities with the rage and resentment of the growing people, when we see that for the government, their murders are not violence, they are acts of “peace”, but when a Mapuche defends himself, he is treated like a terrorist and a criminal. This happens because the rules of the game, the laws, are made by the oppressors, according to their privileges.

I wouldn’t be human if I were to stand here and tell you that the Mapuche who live in these communities and under these conditions are willing and determined to remain seated and non-violent, patiently and peacefully seeking a little goodwill. to change the existing conditions, waiting for the manna to fall from the sky. The historical development of all that is happening at the moment reminds us of a new and great Mapuche uprising.

But never a Mapuche uprising, which deals with the solution of the conflict in deep terms, must not carry the values, which the political hegemonies of the left and the right have used to destroy the ñuke mapu (mother earth), under the name of civilization and economic growth, because it is the secular excuse of indigenous segregation and the impoverishment of the great social masses of the whole continent.

Because, the Chilean culture derived from European Christianity, which is capitalist and imperialist, ergo, colonialist, therefore the philosophy and the Mapuche way of life of Buen Vivir (Kume mongen) clash with those linked to this historical repressive behavior. Integration, which applies to lower social strata, has therefore always been conceived in terms of assimilation.

My voice is just one voice among many, but none of us believe in the flibusters of Chilean politics, who proclaim Mapuche greatness and at the same time approve or remain silent about the laws that undermine every day the dignity of the Mapuche people. This double standard is irresponsible, because it has transformed the Mapuche cause into a personal, commercial and political affair. I hope this time we will not see the deaths of our martyrs used to continue to survive their outdated leadership.

Can there be peace as long as they don’t give us back our territorial rights, as long as they continue to murder innocent people? No, as long as they do not give us back our political, territorial and economic autonomy, which allows us to live in dignity.

Before continuing I would like to clarify something about myself, I am writing at a time when I have paid a high price to challenge power and my conscience does not allow me to remain silent in the face of the atrocities that continue to unfold. be committed by the same people who try to silence me. I am Mapuche Nagche, with a political conscience and a popular conscience, who live the reality, I am not a follower of the opinions, therefore my conscience obliges me to ask which way we follow, in my humble way of approaching the question during an electoral moment, it is the vote or the seizure with territorial control.

Martin Luther King was right when he said that protest is the voice of the inaudible, through institutional channels there is no doubt that politicians only listen to the voice of the money that finances their campaigns and their parties. Our adversary is precisely this small group of political and economic power who legalized the usurpation and exploitation of Mapuche lands, those who impoverished the Chilean people by decree. So, we are not anti-Chileans, but we are anti-poverty, anti-segregation, anti-plunder and anti-inequality.

It is not possible to solve our problems without attacking the political hegemony which has hijacked the state and democracy for its own ends. That whenever they are confronted, they eliminate the protest, not the problem, their privileges are more important than the pains of Chile. Even so, the Mapuche people are the only actor to have faced him for over 200 years.

As for the vote, when Chilean society is divided and the natives have their own electoral bloc, they can determine who will end up in La Moneda, it is an obvious fear in fundamentalist sectors of politics of all colors. What they must avoid by all means, the union of “Indians with the patipelaos” is unacceptable for the caste.

In fact, it is the Mapuche vote and that of other peoples who have helped in several governments to set up presidents, which is why in each campaign program there is a promise for the natives, and even each candidate. has its own mapuche to put like a vase of flowers somewhere. It is the ignorant vote that has set up administrations that have made laws to harm you, and their party leaders are walking around applauding and saying “what a good president or presidential candidate we have.”

However, as they say in the countryside, today there is no one to vote for, due to the absence of statesmen, coupled with the existing power asymmetry, where the Mapuche are the last. link in the chain of power distribution, will they want to make our territories believe in the democratic way, will it be possible to arm themselves with words when the state offers bullets, will it be possible to arm with words when the state offers bullets? We need acts, not words, it is a question of recovering the Treaty of Trapihue and of returning the heart of a people through its territorial claim, of recovering the capacity to recognize the agreements between the peoples, it s he acts of dignity and peace, it is the first dialogue and gesture to defend life, in a scene we are witnessing today as a morgue.

Moreover, as an indigenous nation, I would dare to propose the need to give substance to a Mapuche nationalist program, the aim of which is for the Mapuche to control the politics and politicians of their own people, to ensure that the politics should give them rights and freedom. Because the vote is like the ball, if it does not have a target within its reach, it will be lost. Under this banner, we would unite with anyone, anywhere, as long as it was to eliminate the political, economic, social and territorial evils that plague our communities.

The philosophy behind it must include a program that involves territorial control, economic control and the suppression of social evils such as alcoholism and all kinds of drugs and ailments that could destroy the moral fiber of our people, and which are introduced by the invaders as a strategy of social control. This nationalism will never threaten the existence of any organization, nor will it appeal to the supremacy of one over the other, but will rather aim to save and promote the ancestral philosophy and to unite with the non-indigenous movements that will allow Chile of currency.

The main objective and the call for candidates is to approve a statute of autonomy for the Mapuche people of the southern macro zone, Wallmapu, at whose negotiating table the nationalist movements, autonomists and communities (lof) will present a proposal. status.

During the process, a closed Mapuche congress is imperative, where they agree on the advisability of creating their own political arm, I mean a party, to be installed in parallel to the epicenter of power, if necessary to organize a army of political and territorial activists, under the same banner, so that the voting power and the power of territorial contestation are real. The arrow is as sharp as the word.

Under current conditions I would say “Arise, mighty race, you can get anything you want” (Malcom X), I don’t see any other option.


[1] Patrick Henry was a prominent figure in the American Revolution, best known and known for his “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech. Along with Samuel Adams and Thomas Paine, he was one of the most influential (and radical) defenders of the American Revolution and republicanism, notably in his denunciations of the corruption of public officials and his defense of human rights. He served two terms as governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786.


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