February 1st, 2013
At around 8pm on Friday, the Chilean Special Police forces (PDI) carried out various operatives in the are of Puerto Choque and Ranquilhue, in the region of Tirua, arresting at least 3 people and their young children.
Emilio Berkoff and Pegy Bocaz, both members of the Mapuche Support Network of Temuco were arrested together with their 3 and 1 year old children, along with another adult and a 15 year old youth, according to friends in the area.
According to this information, the four youth and the young ones had been arrested in a pickup truck in Greater Ranquilhue. It was not until the late hours of the night that their location was finally known. Nonetheless, according to the website SoyChile, only one woman was arrested and taken to the Police Division in Cañete, charged in relation to actions of sabotage in the area.
That information involves a Settler police collaborator by the name of José Santos Jorquera, whom had denounced alleged threats, which led to the subsequent arrests according to SoyChile.
This armed attack took place after yet another police assault in Rio Bueno, where two Machi [Medicine Healers] and another 4 Mapuche were arrested, on top of the convicting sentences against three youth from Wente Winkul Mapu in Ercilla.
All of this within the offensive strategy of the Chilean State against the growing Mapuche movement for territorial reclamation in Wallmapu, expressed through the occupation of Large landed estates and action of sabotage that seek the expulsion of big forestry and agricultural corporations in Mapuche territory.
Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]