The Indigenous Mapuche community of Winka Railao declare their commitment to continue their process of territorial recuperation from the forestry company, Arauco.

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The Mapuche community of Winka Railao, Lautaro, in the territory of Muko, direct the following to the Mapuche and Chilean people:

Kiñe: On sunday, October 27, different representatives of the Pu Lof of the Wenteche (valley) territory gathered on the land usurped from us by the company, Arauco.

In this Txawün (reunion), we reaffirmed our commitment to the process of territorial recuperation that we began a few weeks ago. The goal is to recuperate the space in order to care for it. There, we will be able to produce the sustenance that we need in order to live on the land and to produce a space that will also serve future generations.

Epu: Reinforcing the unity between communities, we will be able to advance and reconstruct ourselves as Mapuche people. We thus encourage other Pu Lof to advance along this line, to shed their fear and to take charge of their destiny. This is what we can be and what we can do as Mapuche. Defend a forest, a winkul (hill), a river and recuperate the land in order to heal it. That is what motivates us to move forward. There is our Feyentun, there we are Mapuche. That is why we exist.

Küla: We also want to speak to the process that the Chilean people have begun and we send them a fraternal salute. The enemy that we both face is greedy, very evil and hardly human. That enemy is capable of doing anything in order to maintain the system of oppression intact, as has already been seen with the deaths that both the Chilean and Mapuche people have experienced.

We urge you all not to be confused, to not allow yourselves to be manipulated in your understanding of our just struggle. We encourage you all to have dignity, to think about those who will come. We encourage that you include in your demands the necessity to protect the natural world today, which is under threat and only defended by few. It is the earth we share, the one from which we were born, and it is the only one we have.

Melo: We know that Ñuke Mapu (Mother Earth) and the Pue Ngen (spirits of Mother Earth) accompany us in this process. We will continue with confidence.

Petuy mogeleiñ Pu Mapuche. Nentuaiñ Taiñ Mapu, Weuwaiñ.

Pewü Küyen, Wenteche Ñi Mapu

October 2019

Original in Spanish: http://www.mapuexpress.org/?p=29016

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Indigenous Mapuche Community of Pancho Marivil Dos Continue Territorial Recuperation (Wallmapu, Chile)

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This communique comes from the Indigenous Mapuche community of Pancho Marivil Dos, who are in the process of recuperating their ancestral territories on the outskirts of the city of Labranza, Chile.

September 28, 2019

The community of Pancho Marivil Dos is once again entering the estate, “La Montaña,” usurped by the settler, Jaime Muro Cuadra. Currently the community is exercising their right to their traditional territories, carrying out a process of ancestral territorial recuperation. The community has the duty and necessity to recuperate the territory, to continue being Mapuche. If they do not, large land owners will negotiate with construction companies and will begin urbanizing the territory adjacent to the communities. These territories, on the outskirts of the city of Labranza, a few kilometers from Temuco, are already overcrowded. The Mapuche people are losing their life based on the land due to the expansion of cement, pollution, smog, noise and all the other things of which the city entails. This includes the loss of the countryside, along with the loss of sacred spaces like the ancient cemetery where our Kuifi rest. Thus, the community is obligated to carry out the recuperation of their ancestral territory, to give continuity to Mapuche life in the countryside. On the land, with the nguilaltuwe, paliwe, orchards, farms, animals and hills. We must take care of the environment at all costs against the intervention of the capitalist and large landowning companies that profit, exploit and deteriorate Mapuche territory.

We make a call to everyone to be attentive to the development of this process of recuperation and reconstruction of the Mapuche Mongen. During recent months, there have been grave episodes of repression against the Peñi and Lamgen who are exercising their right to their ancestral territory through legitimate struggle.

Support, show solidarity, accompany, struggle, resist and recuperate! For the continuation and development of the weychen all over Wallmapu!!!!

With this communique we want to make clear that the community of Pancho Marivil Dos will not compromise before false proposals and negotiations on part of the business sector.

Out with the large landowners!

Out with forestry, real estate, hydroelectric plans and all projects that seek to take our Wallmapu.

Freedom to all of the Mapuche political prisoners. Wewaiñ!

Original in Spanish: https://radiokurruf.org/2019/09/28/comunicado-comunidad-pancho-marivil-dos-reingresa-a-fundo-la-montana-de-labranza/

Argentina Reels from Soy and Beef Expansion

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Record yields of soy and a boom in Argentine beef sales to China have been accompanied by the loss of native forests, accelerated soil degradation and water pollution – the consequence of a model that pins hopes of limitless macroeconomic growth on agricultural exports.

Some experts call this “bad development.”

Under President Mauricio Macri, who ends his four-year term in December, Argentina slashed, and in many cases completely eliminated, agricultural taxes and export permits, cancelled restrictions on foreign currency exchanges, and devalued the Argentine peso. He also enhanced the role of the agriculture ministry, making it the Ministry of Agribusiness.

Wheat shipments tripled, and soy brought in a third of the country’s dollars. In 2018, foreign sales of beef hit over half a million tonnes. China was the main destination.

In 2018 Argentina exported 500,000 tons of beef to China. Photo: Jorge Royan.

Yet, ecosystems could not support the stimulus.

“In Argentina, it seems that there was no other option than transgenic [genetically modified, or GM] seeds, the use of agrochemicals and to fumigate villages with glyphosate,” said Enrique Viale, an environmental lawyer.

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