Pope Francis urges Chile's indigenous Mapuche to unite against violence

Country
Chile (CL)
Score
15.79
Source
The Guardian
Time
2018-01-17 (UTC)
ID
10611349

‘Solidarity … is the only weapon against the deforestation of hope’ Protesters have mounted attacks in defence of Mapuche land Pope Francis has urged Chile’s indigenous Mapuche people to shun violence, saying unity was the best weapon against “the deforestation of hope”, as they struggle to defend their culture and reclaim ancestral lands. “Violence begets violence, destruction increases fragmentation and separation. Violence eventually turns a most just cause into a lie,” he told an exuberant crowd on Wednesday on a military airfield built on contested Mapuche land that was also was used as a detention center during Chile’s military dictatorship. Continue reading...