Chile’s Red Tide: On the Catastrophe of the Salmon Farms and Maritime Devastation

Chile’s Red Tide: On the Catastrophe of the Salmon Farms and Maritime Devastation

Source: Metiendo Ruido

An anarchist critique and propaganda unto the deranged machinery of death

Red Tide Chile

“Ecosystems will mutate rapidly and radically thanks to human stupidity, expressed in buckets of genetic manipulation. Once a new agent or gene is released on an ecosystem, it cannot recuperate itself: the ecosystem mutates. The number of variables is infinite, impossible to predict, impossible to regulate and there is no turning back: once an ecosystem is modified it cannot go back to what it was. One mistake kills hundreds of species, and mutates many others…. And human beings do not live beyond the ecosystem.” Anticivilization Manifesto

“The last few catastrophes were not caused by ‘nature,’ they were caused by Capitalist configuration of the space affected.” 8 Critical Hypothesis on the latest ecological catastrophes in Chile.

Devastation and extraction have reached disproportionate levels of death and toxicity. The true and only face of Capital, the State, and their technocrats demonstrate the misery of their path of destruction.

The exploitation of nature has always been a necessary condition for the accumulation of Capital and Power. All societal machinery (understood as a hierarchical relationship as a fundamental principle) functions through the exploitation of the earth, the sea, living beings and all which can be considered part of enriching its merchandise. The use of fossil fuels are an example of this, carbon emissions and whatever else allows them to make more weapons for their wars and generate new forms of control. This is not chauvinism speaking; it is the crude reality of a monster with tentacles!

In recent time, we have bared witness to the arrogance of the salmon farms, the State, their authorities that endorse these farms, and their technocrats that sicken us with their justifications. These companies glorify themselves by claiming they provide jobs, doing nothing else than impose capitalist ways of life in areas where people still manage to live differently. It is here where they have left death in their path, where they install their machinery and cause social disaster in communities both in material dispossession, as well as with the natural surroundings.

The same company (Marine Harvest) that introduced the salmon virus in so-called Chilean territory, now uses 5 times as many chemicals in the water than they did two years ago. The salmon are in a situation of enclosure and holocaust, introduced as objects in disgusting cages to the taste of hungry citizens for consumption. The salmon industry had been affected by “sea fleas,” bacteria, and viral sickness in situations of environmental collapse the Patagonian sea could not detain. The face of this agony is seen today in the Regions of Los Lagos and Aysen, with thousands of rotting salmon reaching the shores of the austral region after having been killed by the algae bloom by the very industry and services supported by the State.

It isn’t a climate phenomenon which unleashed the Red Tide that caused the disaster. It isn’t just rising sea temperatures, the lack of winds, the high solar radiation. But mainly, it is also the eutrophication of the ocean from the stellar enrichment of nutrients generated by the Salmon farming industry, from companies such as SERNAPESCA and SUBPESCA in the Patagonian ocean, supported by the State, hiding behind the broader issue of climate change. The eutrophication of the ocean not only reflects the appearance of the “Red Tide” or algae blooms, but also the anaerobic (or suffocating) conditions in the ocean, due to the amount of organic material (or carbon) within the water that surpasses the capacity of the ecosystem to absorb, recycle or dispense of waste. An anaerobic condition is a situation in which aquatic life cannot survive, due to the low levels of oxygen dissolved in the water or sediment. The Salmon farming industry supports this condition perpetually, since every kilogram of salmon feed placed in the ocean is equal in nitrogen to the sewage waste of 15 people.

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11 Mapuche arrested for Luchsinger-Mackey Case, Lissette Melillan: “The [Chilean] Government uses the Police to Guard Cows”

11 Mapuche arrested for Luchsinger-Mackey Case


Call to action in Wallmapu in solidarity with Machi (Medicine Healer) Francisca Linconao in front of Temuco Prison, where she and other Mapuche Political Prisoners are being held.

On March 30th, 2016, 11 Mapuche community members were arrested and charged with alleged involvement in the incendiary attack that provoked the death of the Luchsinger Mackay couple in 2013.

The mass arrest was carried out by an enormous police operative of special forces (PDI). More than 100 detectives participated in the arrests, wherein 20 homes were raided in the area of Lumahue in the early mourning hours.

The 11 detained, including Machi [Medicine Healer) Franscisca Linconao, were transferred to police headquarters of Temuco and charged with terrorist arson resulting in death. The undersecretary of the Interior Ministry would announce the charges as being terrorist in nature, and would be the fifth time the Chilean Executive branch under Michelle Bachelet would have implemented terrorist related charges in cases related to Mapuche land claims.

The question of due process, however, is highlighted in the contradictory testimony of Mapuche community member, Jose Peralino, who publicly refuted his earlier testimony against the other accused on their alleged participation in the arson attack of 2013. Peralino alleges that he was subject to intimidation and torture at the hands of Chilean police, and therefore, his testimony held no validity in a court of law.

Family members of the Mapuche community members are demanding the immediate release of the Mapuche Political Prisoners, as well as an end to the application of the Anti-Terrorist Law, and the continued mobilization of Mapuche communities. The only other conviction of a Mapuche community member in relation to the Luchsinger Mackay case was in the case of Machi (Medicine Healer) Celestino Cordova, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison under the charge of terrorist arson resulting in death.

The following is an interview to the spokesperson of the Mapuche Political Prisoners charged under the Luchsinger- Mackay case, Lissette Melillan.

With files from El Mostrador

WCCC [Toronto]

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Mapuche Resistance Group, Weichan Auka Mapu, Claims more than 30 Sabotage Attacks

Simbolo_weichan_auka_mapu-696x431Mapuche Resistance Group, Weichan Auka Mapu, Claims more than 30 Sabotage Attacks

The group “Weichan Auka Mapu, the Struggle in Rebellious Territory” reached out to País Mapuche in an email clarifying its position unto the current phase of the Mapuche-Chilean Conflict.

In their statement, they explain their political position. Further, they defend armed struggle, claiming more than thirty actions of sabotage in Williche, Wenteche and Lafquenche territory. The actions are claimed through their symbol, a Kultrún with an arrow and a hunting rifle. At the end of the communique, the actions that have affected the Chilean Catholic Church are clarified and also claimed.

The original communique is presented in the following:

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Words from Sol Farías Vergara, $hilean Political Prisoner


Words from Tamara Sol Farías Vergara (Castellano Abajo)
$hile: Summer 2016

When you have been behind bars in isolation from the rest of the prison population, daily existence becomes difficult in such a small space, where society and its roles are intensified and adaption becomes a daily struggle to resist being swept by its morale and its desire to consume. Thieves, drug traffickers and murderers internalize the State and its Power, as with its authority.

I seek to reach out without ceasing to be myself, without the isolation that the police implements. We are not all that different, only that the chains that tie them down become ties that I do not wish to let go of, whereby tensions become routine. Life is unwrapped in what we are more than words can explain, but when will turns into a specific schedule to wake, eat and sleep, the battle against the established order begins in the abstract of ideas and in memory. It begins in the search for the smallest details or gestures of honesty not yet contaminated by competition between poor people, since the walls are great, the bars and locks are as well, and are in the hands of a physical enemy the size of a territory. I see going against it now as nothing but increases its power, therefore, I patiently wait the right moment for liberation, and in this way find the theory and practice in life itself.

My heart belongs to the land and without fear the strength of nature pushes me on, it rises me to continue. The solidarity of comrades is what I respect the most: our values are made palpable away from domination and abuse, creating an anarchic relation of space based on affinity and trust far removed from self-interest. If I forget, my blood boils with every provocation of this State, reminding me of the exploiting and immune enemies. This is what is forgotten by delinquents, who do not see the structure that we are part of. This lack of indifference is what differentiates us, to look beyond and study our objectives more thoroughly, and would give us a greater meaning to our lives. At the same time, it would better reflect our reality, positioned clearly in the space we find ourselves in. Our experience is not much, but our knowledge is sufficient to visualize where we stand and where we are going. It is necessary to take risks to learn and become wiser at the time of action.

Against patriarchal society and techno-industrial civilization. Let us not become indifferent unto the exploitation and abuse. A heartfelt hug from this side of the continent to all those who feel how their blood calls on the need to combat the society of consumption and power.

Clarity, patience and caution.
Long live anarchy!

Tamara Sol Farías Vergara

Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]

Letras de Sol
Verano 2016

Cuando ya se lleva más de dos años encerrada en aislamiento del resto de la población penal, se hace un poco difícil la cotidianidad en un espacio pequeño donde la sociedad y sus roles se intensifican y donde adaptarse es una lucha diaria por no ser arrastrada por la corriente de su moral y sus anhelos por consumir. Ladronas, narcotraicantes y homicidas naturalizan el Estado y el Poder como también la autoridad.

Busco relacionarme sin dejar de ser yo, sin el aislamiento que la policía quiere. No somos muy distintas, solo que las cadenas que a ellas las atan se vuelven para mi ataduras a las que no estoy dispuesta a ceder, por lo que las tensiones son parte de la rutina.
Más que las palabras, la vida y cómo cada una se desenvuelve es lo que somos, y cuando la voluntad se vuelve un horario para levantarse, comer y dormir, comienza la batalla contra el orden establecido en el abstracto de las ideas y los recuerdos, en la búsqueda de pequeños detalles o gestos de honestidad sin contaminación de competencia entre gente pobre, pues las paredes son grandes, las rejas y candados también, se está en manos de un enemigo físico del porte del territorio. Veo que ir contra él ahora no sería más que aumentar su poder, entonces, paciente espero el momento oportuno para la liberación y así se encuentren la idea y el acto en la vida misma.

Mi corazón le pertenece a la tierra y sin miedo la fuerza de la naturaleza me empuja, me levanta a continuar. La solidaridad de lxs compañerxs es lo que más se respeta, nuestros valores se hacen palpables alejados de la dominación y el abuso, haciendo posible un espacio anárquico de relaciones en base a la afinidad y confianza lejos del interés. Si olvido, la sangre me hierbe con cada provocación de este Estado pero fijo tengo el norte en los enemigos explotadores y malditos impunes. Esos que los delincuentes olvidan, sin ver la estructura de la que formamos parte. La necesidad por no quedar indiferente es lo que nos diferencia, ir más allá y buscar estudiar mejor nuestros objetivos, le darían aún más sentido a nuestras vidas, al mismo tiempo que reflejarían mejor la realidad que conformamos posicionándonos claramente en el sitio donde queremos encontrarnos.

Nuestra experiencia no es mucha, nuestros conocimientos nos alcanzan para visualizar de qué lado somos y para dónde vamos, pero es necesario correr riesgos para aprender y volvernos más sabias a la hora de actuar.

Contra la sociedad patriarcal y la civilización tecnoindustrial, por no quedar indiferente frente a la explotación y el abuso, un caluroso abrazo desde este lado del continente a todxs quienes de ese lado sienten cómo la sangre les tira a combatir la sociedad del consumo y el poder.

Claridad, paciencia y cautela.
Viva la anarquía.


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CAM Continues Acts of Sabotage against Forestry Companies in so-called Chile

CAM attentado 9 feb, 2016Communique

The Arauco Malleco Coordinator of Communities in Conflict (CAM) communicate the following to the Mapuche Nation and public opnion:

Kiñe: We, as the Williche Kalfulikan Organization of Territorial Resistance ORT– CAM, claim the action against forestry equipment belonging to Arauco Forestry Inc., which was carried out on the mourning of February 9th at the Lo Suarez estate in the township of Lanco.

Epu: At the same time, we claim another action of sabotage by the Nagche Pelentaro ORT-Cam against the forestry companies of the area of Capitan Pastene, Lumaco, which extracted lumber from the Choque estate exiting in the area of Relum.

Kula: These actions are under the firm conviction of our political and strategic project in the form of action and resistance, respecting our ethics, norms, and principles as Mapuche autonomists. Ours is a direct struggle against all expressions of capital in ancient Mapuche Territory. Further, this demonstrates the autonomous action of the ORT-CAM to develop the basis of our National Mapuche Liberation.

Kayu: Finally, we call out to our communities that continue to struggle and confront capitalism on our territories, in strengthening our path towards territorial control and autonomy.




Arauco Malleco Coordinator of Communities in Conflict (CAM)

Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]

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The 4th Annual Toronto Mapuche Solidarity Film Festival


4th Toronto Mapuche Solidarity Film FestivalIn memory of our Mapuche WEICHAFE [WARRIORS] MATIAS CATRILEO & ALEX LEMUN, & the many others (indigenous and non-indigenous) who have been murdered by the repressive forces of the Chilean State.


OISE – 252 Bloor Street West


Suggested donation $10 per day at the door (No one turned away for lack of funds)

Facebook event:

Speakers TBA!

Organized by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto] An OPIRG Toronto Action Group



6PM – Sewatokwa’tshera’t: The Dish with One Spoon, Six Nations/Turtle Island, 2008 (82 minutes).

Commemorating 10th anniversary since the Six Nations Reclamation of Kanonhstaton, WCCC [Toronto] proudly presents the screening of Sewatokwa’tshera’t: The Dish with One Spoon. We wish the most profound NEWEN to our Haudenosaunee sisters and brothers in the ongoing struggle against colonial encroachment.

We have the honour of having SPEAKERS from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory:

Janie Jameson, one of the founders of the Six Nations Reclamation site, Kanonhstaton, the protected place. 

Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill, Associate Professor at McMaster University and director of the film Sewatokwa’tshera’t: The Dish with One Spoon.

Outlining the intricate history of the Haudenosaunee Peoples, Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill depicts the process of indigenous self-governance, colonial displacement and resistance to ongoing encroachment in the film, Sewatokwa’tshera’t: The Dish with One Spoon. Culminating in the 2006 reclamation of the Douglas Creek Estates subdivision – Kanonhstaton (“the protected place”) – the film explores the development of Haudenosaunee nation to nation treaties with the Dutch and English Crowns, and the succeeding encroachment of the Canadian State on Six Nations land. The film features an intimate view into the events of the Six Nations Reclamation, including the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) raid on April 20th 2006, and neighbouring settler backlash/racism. The resilience of a community reflected in its youth, is seen through the Unity Run and Youth Declaration to the UN Assembly in 2007, following in the footsteps of Deskaheh for the next seven generations.

7:30PM – NGÜENÉN: The Deceit [El Engaño), Wallmapu, 2012 (81 minutes)

A documentary made by the directors of “El Despojo” (The Plunder) focusing on the international political dynamics of the “War on Terror,” and the counterintelligence strategies used to criminalize the Mapuche struggle for Autonomy and Territorial Reclamation. Lies and deceit are as old as war itself. The objective of these intelligence actions called “Psychological Operations” (or PsyOps) is to destroy the morale of the enemy and assure the approval of the population through propaganda, misinformation, manipulation, the fabrication of news, omission, decontextualization (etc). Everything to allow for a SETUP, since “to convince is to overcome.” Chilean Prosecutor, Mario Elgueta, whom was the alleged victim of an annihilating attack in southern Chile, was also a student in an FBI and CSIS antiterrorist course in Virginia USA. Later, the events became grounds for 17 Mapuche land defenders to face trial under the Antiterrorist Law, at first risking a total of up to 800 years in prison. Four bicentennials on the backs of those who oppose the arrogance of the Chilean State. A must see film on the ongoing criminalization of the indigenous Mapuche struggle.

9PM – Trick or Treaty, Turtle Island, 2014 (84 minutes).

This feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance) profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government. By tracing the history of their ancestors since the signing of Treaty No. 9, these leaders aim to raise awareness about issues vital to First Nations in Canada: respect for and protection of their lands and their natural resources, and the right to hunt and fish so that their societies can prosper. In recent years, an awareness-raising movement has been surfacing in First Nations communities. In this powerful documentary, those who refuse to surrender are given a chance to speak out.


SATURDAY, FEB 27th – OISE Rm 2211

3:30PM – Born in Gaza, Palestine, 2014 (78 minutes).

This Spanish documentary, shot in 2014, examines the effects of the Israel-Palestine conflict on Palestinian children. In July 2014, images of an air strike on a Gaza beach which killed four soccer-playing youngsters went global, prompting Spanish director Hernan Zin to fly in and shoot a documentary about the plight of Palestine’s children. The result is Born in Gaza, an inevitably powerful and depressing record of man’s inhumanity to its own offspring whose primary virtue is in retelling a story which constantly needs to be retold.

5PM – State of Siege, Uruguay/France, 1972 (121 minutes)

Costa-Gavras puts the United States’ involvement in Latin American politics under the microscope in this arresting thriller. An urban guerrilla group, outraged at the counterinsurgency and torture training clandestinely organized by the CIA in their country (unnamed in the film), abducts a U.S. official (Yves Montand) to bargain for the release of political prisoners; soon the kidnapping becomes a media sensation, leading to violence. Co-written by Franco Solinas, the electrifying State of Siege piercingly critiques the American government for supporting foreign dictatorships, while also asking difficult questions about the efficacy of radical violent acts to oppose such regimes.

6:30PM – Lucio, Spain/France, 2007 (93 minutes).

“The banks are the real crooks,” says Lucio Urtubia decisively. “They exploit you, take your money and cause all the wars.” Directed by Aitor Arregi and Jose Mari Goenaga, Lucio is an engaging portrait of the anarchist Lucio Urtubia, born in Northern Spain in 1931, and who deserted from the Spanish army during his military service, going on to work as a tiler in Paris, where he immersed himself in the world of the Spanish exiles. Rapidly inter-cut archive images, interview fragments and reconstructed impressions are used to look back on his incredible life. A meeting with the legendary Quico Sabaté (1915-1960) put Lucio on the anarchist path, whereby his talents as a forger of identity papers and currency came in particularly useful. His real anarchist nature is revealed in his highly particular, carelessly expressed visions of phenomena such as Franco, Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, the Black Panthers, May 1968 and the institution of marriage. Bringing the most powerful bank in the world to its knees, Lucio is a gripping story of how a working class brick layer can forge solidarity beyond sectarian lines for the liberation of peoples across the world.

8:30PM – A Good Day to Die, Turtle Island, 2010 (90 minutes)

Dennis Banks co-founded the American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) in 1968 to call attention to the plight of urban Indians in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The film presents an intimate look at Dennis Banks’ life beginning with his early experience in boarding schools, through his military service in Japan, his transformative experience in Stillwater State Prison and subsequent founding of a movement that, through confrontational actions in Washington DC, Custer South Dakota and Wounded Knee, changed the lives of American Indians forever.

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CAM Claims Series of Actions Against Hydroelectric Dams and Forestry Companies in Wallmapu (Castellano abajo)


The Arauco Malleco Coordinator of Communities in Conflict (CAM) communicates the following to our Mapuche Nation and public opinion the following:

Kiñe: We, the Pehuenche Lientur Organs of Territorial Resistance (ORT-CAM), claim the action against the worker’s kitchen installations of the Angostura Central Hydroelectric Dam, on the mourning of Sunday, January 24th. This action will be carried out once more on other installations of the same characteristics in the region.

Epu: At the same time, we claim all the actions carried out in Upper Bio-Bio, ancient Pehuenche territory. These actions have been carried out mainly against the Angostura and Piltrilon Hydroelectric Dams, property of the Colbun group under the Matte tycoon family estate.

Kula: We also claim the actions of sabotage, under the Nagche Pelentaro ORT-CAM, against the logging machinery in the Santa Elvira estate, in the township of Capitan Pastene, Lumaco. The actions were coordinated with the previous ones, carried out simultaneously.

Meli: With this we seek to demonstrate, as an organization, the continuation of our lines of action and resistance. We our permanent compromise for the reconstruction of our nation, we assume a frontal struggle against the expressions of Capitalism through the military actions by the ORT-CAM. At the same time, we are also strengthening our territorial and productive control of our ancient territory, fundamental elements to set the basis of our Mapuche national liberation.

Kechu: We further announce, that as the Arauco Malleco Coordinator of Communities in Conflict, we give free range of action to our ORT-CAM. They therefore can define their actions according to their respective realities, respecting the ethics, norms and strategic political principles as an organization and as Mapuche.

Kayu: Finally, we call out to our communities to continue to struggle against capitalism. To dignify our condition as a Mapuche Nation. To resist and reconstruct our own paths.



January 2016

Arauco Malleco Coordinator of Communities in Conflict (CAM)

Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]



La Coordinadora de Comunidades en Conflicto Arauco Malleco (CAM) comunican a nuestro Pueblo Nación Mapuche y a la opinión pública lo siguiente:

Kiñe.- Reivindicamos la acción, a cargo de nuestro ORT-CAM Pehuenche Lientur, en contra de las instalaciones que servían de cocina para los trabajadores de la Central Hidroeléctrica Angostura, realizada en la madrugada del domingo 24 de enero, la cual se reutilizaría en otra faena de las mismas características en la zona.

Epu.- A su vez reivindicamos todas las acciones realizadas en la zona del Alto Bio – Bio, territorio ancestral pehuenche. Acciones que están principalmente dirigidas, en contra de las centrales hidroeléctricas Angostura, propiedad de grupo Colbun, por tanto de la familia Matte y de la central Pitrilon.

Kula.- También reivindicamos la acción de sabotaje, a cargo de nuestro ORT-CAM Nagche Pelentaro, en contra de maquinaria forestal en el Fundo Santa Elvira, del sector de Capitán Pastene, Lumaco. Acción que se coordinó con la anterior, desarrollándose de manera paralela.

Meli.- Con esto queremos demostrar, que como organización, daremos continuidad a nuestras líneas de acción y resistencia, ejerciendo nuestro permanente compromiso por reconstruirnos como pueblo nación, asumiendo la lucha frontal contra las expresiones del capitalismo, a través de acciones militares asumidas por los ORT-CAM y también profundizando el control territorial y productivo de nuestro territorio ancestral, elementos fundamentales para asentar las bases de la liberación nacional mapuche.

Kechu.- Anunciamos, además, que como Coordinadora de Comunidades en Conflicto Arauco Malleco, daremos libertad de acción a nuestros ORT-CAM, los cuales podrán definir sus acciones de acuerdo a sus criterios, respetando nuestras ética, normas y fundamentos políticos estratégicos como organización y mapuche.  

Kayu: Finalmente hacemos un llamado a nuestras comunidades a seguir luchando en contra del capitalismo, dignificar nuestra condición de pueblo nación, a resistir y reconstruir nuestro propio camino. 



Coordinadora de Comunidades en Conflicto Arauco Malleco, CAM.


Wallmapu, Enero de 2016.

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