The appearance of Mapuche women at a national holiday event in the municipal gym of Ercilla, in the La Araucanía region, left four people detained for public unrest. They accused them of having no answers to their demands after they were evicted from the community weeks ago. There were riots at the exit of the gym.
Four people were arrested for disturbing public order after a group of Mapuche women with children in their arms stormed the civic event to commemorate the national holidays in the town of Ercilla, in the La Araucanía region.
A carabineros sergeant was injured in the incidents, with damage also reported to the municipality’s municipal gymnasium and public vehicles. These come from both the community and the carabineros.
Interruption by Mapuche women at the Ercilla event
A group of women with children in their arms unexpectedly entered the municipal gym in Ercilla on Friday afternoon. This happened when a few school children were preparing to dance Cueca. By interrupting the act, They accused them of being upset because they were expelled from the municipality of Ercilla a few weeks ago and that they had not received any support or response to their demands.
While one of the women loudly reported her intervention, her companions displayed banners accusing a local councilor of not supporting her. In addition, he called for another trial for a community member convicted in Angol, which led to errors among those present.
When leaving the area, the women and their companions escaped after the break-in, said the Carabineros commander in Malleco, César Leiva.
Three women and one man were arrested in this connection.
Carabineros filed a lawsuit in family court for violating the rights of children who were brought to the demonstration to carry signs. In addition, they sent the documents to the public prosecutor’s office for the first case of the Ministry of State.
A sergeant of the public order police had spray paint thrown in his face, an object that the demonstrators were carrying. They also used it to scratch the gymnasium and municipal vehicles.
Among the prisoners Marcelo Catrillanca and one of his daughters are Father and sister, respectively, of Mapuche community member Camilo Catrillanca, murdered by carabineros in Temucuicui in 2015.