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Civil society shut out behind the men in suits. Photo source: Global Forest Coalition

Two videos below by Liane Schalatek

Unprecedented protest rocks ‘Kafkaesque’ COP25

from Canada’s National Observer

Protests led by Indigenous leaders shut down the main hall of COP25 in Madrid on Wednesday. In an unprecedented event, about 500 people stormed the area outside the high-level negotiations decrying the lack of action by assembled governments to address the climate emergency…

CHILE CLIMATE NEWS received reports that many who were shut out yesterday thought they would lose their badges (credentials) but that did not happen and they are were allowed back in today.

One source told us, “there were assaults by UN security. People were really pissed off…about the whole process and the bullshit and the Secretariat was quite bad. Social media has been actively censored on what happened yesterday. The press was threatened to be debadged if they went outside to cover the protest. Corporate media obeyed.”

Additionally we were told the metro stations close to COP25 were closed at one point yesterday to prevent the counter summit from getting to the COP25 protest.

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From Madrid by the Women & Gender Constituency:

Feminists joined Wednesday’s peaceful protest with indigenous peoples, youth, trade unions and other climate activists to call for more ambition in the current climate negations. The peaceful action calling for human rights and gender equality in climate negotiations turned violent by the police when they used excessive force to assault and shove women and gender rights activists, forcing them outside the COP 25 premises in freezing cold and barricading them by shutting the steel doors.

Civil society has faced constant backlash at the climate negotiations by closing down the space for our voices to be heard, acknowledged and considered during the policymaking process for Gender Action Plan and Article 6 of the Paris Agreement among other pressing issues. There is growing frustration among civil society on the fact that human rights and gender equality language is being traded off for resources by powerful countries. Women and gender groups continue to demand rich countries to step up and pay up for the historical responsibility for causing the climate crisis. We highlighted these issues at the peaceful protest yesterday.

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We also want to highlight that women environmental rights defenders continue to be on the frontlines to save the planet, especially indigenous, black and those from the Global South and yet are harassed, threatened and persecuted by those in authority in their own countries and elsewhere. We need a strong human rights language in our text so that there are social, environmental and human rights safeguards in place.

Thanks to our colleague Coraina de la Plaza from Global Forest Coalition who is in Madrid at COP25 and also Dave Bleakney from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers for helping provide information.

In Chile where COP25 was cancelled due to the people’s rebellion 350+ people have lost their eyes due to being shot by rubber coated metal pellets fired by the Carabineros de Chile (national police) at people’s faces. Here is what we think the logo of COP25 should really look like:

The symbol of the bleeding eye is omnipresent in street art and graffiti throughout Chile

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22 November to 6 December 2019 

This young Mapuche is from the community of Quilape Lopez re-occupying ancestral lands that were stolen. Elders say the young are the future of the Mapuche as is the land. photo: Langelle/GJEP

I Can Still Spit

Field Notes – I landed in Santiago, Chile on 22 November from Buffalo, NY via Toronto with Anne Petermann. Anne is the Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project and we are married life partners. We crashed for a couple of hours in Hotel Forestal. That afternoon we met up with Gary Hughes from Biofuelwatch and we hit the ground running to start covering, exploring and understanding the peoples’ rebellion in Chile.

We are the team for CHILE CLIMATE NEWS. My photos start here in Santiago and the diaries cover that day of arrival and the street protest we joined, and are followed by our subsequent journey to Temuco, Curacautin, and the Mapuche land occupations at Liempi Colipi and Quilape Lopez, and eventually back to Santiago. In Temuco we met the other partner of the team, Alejandra Parra from RADA, the Environmental Rights Action Network.  We met Alejandra back in 2004 when we first came to Chile to work with the Mapuche group KONAPEWMAN on the problem of genetically engineered trees and industrial tree plantations.

On this journey we covered marches against a toxic new waste-to-energy incinerator planned for Mapuche territory (being promoted as “green renewable energy,” a powerful women’s march in Temuco, land occupations in remote Mapuche territory where we spent good times with the kind and generous communities of Liempi Colipi and Quilape Lopez and the hard times when members of the Liempi Colipi occupation called to tell us the Carabineros de Chile (national police) had raided their community, using tear gas and shooting people with rubber coated metal pellets. We dropped everything and went to the community.

More copy after the video produced by Global Justice Ecology Project’s Steve Taylor.

I Can Still Spit continued…

Okay WTF does ‘I can still spit’ mean? Gary Hughes from our team told me early on in the trip that if you are afraid, as long as you can still spit, it’s ok. If you can’t spit, you better get out of whatever situation you’re in very quickly and maybe you shouldn’t even be where you are. I have questioned a few times if I should have been in particular situations. When the Carabineros came charging at us from the middle of nowhere, where people have been shot and then in other situations when I was choking from teargas, I did briefly question why I was there. But I could still spit. I had to be there because that is what I do. It is what I have done for 50 years now.

The reason I could still spit was because of the people. With the Mapuche, who welcomed us, not only into their community that also fed us, but onto the front lines when no one knew what the outcome would be if the Carabineros attacked the occupation. I could still spit because I knew and deeply felt I was part of something bigger than myself.  I could spit because, although the adrenaline was pumping, although I fell and injured my leg climbing over a blockade, I was with strong, kind and generous people.

And then I knew I could continue spitting (at the elites and their police) back in Santiago the evening of 6 December when the Plaza de la Dignidad lit up with red flares, fires and lasers. The exuberance of the scene. The hope.

I’m putting these photos and diary together after International Human Rights Day on 10 December where I covered the activities in Santiago, and where the authorities did anything but honor human rights, including critically injuring a 15 year old girl with a teargas canister to her head. Visuals: How Chile Dealt with International Human Rights Day.

We originally planned to come to Chile when we heard the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP25 would be here. For Anne and I, after covering so many COPs, from our first COP in Buenos Aires in 2004, then to Montreal, Nairobi to Bali, Poznan, Copenhagen, Mexico, and our final COP in Durban in 2011, coming back to Chile was to stand up against the final nail being driven into life itself with the capitalist’s scheme for the total commodification of Earth and all its inhabitants. A scheme greenwashed with the name “natural climate solutions” – solutions for corporations to use nature to maintain business as usual while pretending to address climate change through biodiversity and carbon offsets. The same old same old, but with new shiny packaging. Plus, we knew Chileans protesters knew how to throw a party. This was before the uprising began. Little did we dream we would walk into a revolution-in-process.

I was accredited as media from the UN climate COP25 originally scheduled for Santiago, Chile. Due to the popular rebellion in Chile and the government’s desperate desire to hide its human rights crimes–like rape, torture and 350+ eyes lost to carabinero shotguns, COP25 was moved to Madrid, Spain. I also received UN accreditation there. I chose to come to Chile and photograph the people in resistance instead of going to Madrid.

Madrid is the uplifting of the neoliberal model to use false solutions to climate change – Chile is the fight against that neoliberal model.

I will still spit because I must.

Photojournalist Orin Langelle takes a break by graffiti celebrating Victor Jara in Santiago, Chile. Langelle has been in Chile photographing the frontlines of the peoples rebellion, and has documented movements for struggle around the world since 1972. The musician Jara, a Chilean hero, was murdered by the regime of dictator Augusto Pinochet, under whose regime neoliberalism was ushered in. photo: Petermann/GJEP




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Man injured by the police close to Plaza de la Dignidad in Santiago, Chile during International Humans Rights Day. photo: Langelle/GJEP

Cruz Roja Chilena (Red Cross) about to be sprayed with water cannon. photo: Langelle/GJEP

Santiago, Chile – On the international day of human rights, protesters in Chile held a march commemorating the 350+ eyes lost to the violence of the Carabineros de Chile (national police) during the days of the Chile uprising. When the march arrived at the Plaza de la Dignidad, they were joined by many more protesters from across the city.

The Red Cross came and set up an aid station on the edge of the plaza. Not long after, the Carabineros arrived with their water cannons and gave the Red Cross extra special attention.

Please see Biofuelwatch’s Gary Hughes’ short video after the photos: Chilean National Police Attack Red Cross. Hughes, Anne Petermann from Global Justice Ecology Project and myself are the field team of CHILE CLIMATE NEWS.

All photos by Orin Langelle/GJEP

“Truth – Justice –  Reparations for the children raped by the state” translated banner at the National Museum, Belles Artes

Depicting blood and eyeballs in the hands of the government

The eyes go to Plaza de la Dignidad and the statue of Manuel Baquedano

Hundreds of women march together into Plaza de la Dignidad

Young protesters running down the avenue as the freshly painted art canvas of water cannon passes on the street

Water cannons chase crowd

Tear gas canister fired from the truck in air before it lands in the streets. A canister like this struck a 15 year young woman in the demonstration and sent her to the hospital for surgery. She now is in critical condition.

Tear gas in the streets

Carabineros with shields between the police vehicles

After returning to our apartment in another part of the city in Santiago, this fire blockade, seen on the corner of San Diego and Sta. Isabel, was accompanied by protesters banging in rhythm on the metal barricade – rebellion and outrage spreading through the city.  Passers by honked in time to show their support.

On International Human Rights Day Chilean National Police Attack Red Cross video by Gary Hughes.


Photojournalist Orin Langelle takes a break by graffiti celebrating Victor Jara in Santiago, Chile. Langelle has been photographing the frontlines of the peoples’ rebellion in Chile. The musician Jara, a Chilean hero, was murdered by the regime of dictator Augusto Pinochet. photo: Petermann/GJEP





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View from the Mapuche occupation camp Quilape Lopez. “Our land is far as you can see…” photo: Orin Langelle/GJEP

You can view this five minute video here:
And in Madrid 10 DEC: The video is playing at COP25 in Madrid at the Global Forest Coalition exhibit booth 3, COP25 Hall 4
10 DEC: The video is planned to show at the GFC event in Cumbre Social por el Clima “Driving Deforestation – drifting away from real climate solutions to address the climate crisis”. 16:00 to 17:30  –  SP/EN  –  Classroom 1107, Em Rosane Santiago
From 22-30 November, Global Justice Ecology Project and Biofuelwatch filmed this series of short statements opposing neoliberal market-based climate schemes and so-called “green energies” that enable business as usual at the expense of the peoples, rivers, forests and ecosystems of Chile.
Intro from the video:
Chile was to be the host of the COP25 Climate Summit. But in the face of a massive popular uprising against the free market neoliberal economic model, and hundreds of cases of human rights abuses, Chile canceled the COP. The COP moved to Spain, yet Chile retained Presidency of the COP.
Chile, meanwhile, remains a striking example of the impacts of “natural climate solutions” – the carbon market, carbon offsets and large-scale “green” energy. In Chile, these schemes have led to vast tree plantations, destroyed forests, led to forced displacements, loss of fresh water, toxic incinerators and huge devastating copper and lithium mines.

Through the following statements, Chile offers a warning to the world about the dangers of “natural climate solutions” being promoted at the COP.

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All photographs by Orin Langelle

Peoples Summit 2019

Monday 2 to Saturday 7 December,
University of Santiago de Chile

No Commodification of Nature

The Peoples Summit, which is convened year after year, brings together organizations and social articulations from various territories and sectors of the world, to share experiences and promote alternative solutions to the system and strengthen global organization and local action to curb the socio-environmental catastrophe.

This year, Chile was going to be a global focus for two international events of the greatest relevance: the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) in November, which would bring together economic and government leaders from major world economies (including the US and China), to deepen the inequality, poverty and pollution generated by the current system; and the Conference of the Parties (COP25), in December, which would bring together representatives from 197 countries of the world that are members of the United Nations, to take agreements on actions that must be carried out to curb Climate Change, meetings that have failed for 25 years ensure the change of course of the world’s economies and policies to protect and guarantee the survival of the human species.

Both were suspended because, precisely, Chile was a world focus but for other reasons: the Chilean people rose to the social, economic and environmental crisis they suffered and, since Friday, October 18, there exists a situation of strong national unity with large protests and popular organization, which has been brutally repressed by state forces.

Attendees discuss the need for a new Constitution. The old Constitution is a leftover from the Pinochet dictatorship.

In this new scenario, the responsibility and need to carry out the People’s Summit is more current and necessary than ever.

Discussion from one of the many workshops. All of the workshops were held in rooms named after assassinated environmental and Indigenous activists.

Inside the Women’s Tent

Inside the Women’s Tent

The Cumbre began with dance…

…and the dance was a protest to the neoliberal model


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On the morning of Thursday 28 December the Mapuche communities of Liempi Colipi and Quilape Lopez mobilized to defend their land occupation after Carabineros de Chile (national police) fired metal-filled rubber pellets and injured several people at the blockade.

After the photo essay, a short video follows.

All photos by Orin Langelle and video by Anne Petermann.

With the momentum of the national uprising across Chile, two weeks ago, two Mapuche communities near Curacautin, Liempi Colipi and Quilape Lopez began an occupation of 1500 hectares of ancestral lands.

Carabineros illegally stop and prevent traffic from continuing on the road that passes the Mapuche land occupation outside of Curacautin.

The public road is also the main route to Conguillio National Park in Chile.

After an emergency call from the Mapuche occupation about the Carabineros attacking, we were stopped by them at a road block on our way back to help. Alejandra Parra from Red de Acción por los Derechos Ambientales (RADA) and Anne Petermann from Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) were allowed to proceed on foot several kilometers to the blockade while Biofuelwatch’s Gary Hughes and GJEP’s Orin Langelle were guided by Mapuche toward the blockade by way of a back road.

Mapuche men guarding another back entrance into the blockade

Mapuche put cut trees and debris on the road

These logs block the road coming from Curacautin

At one of the entrances to the occupation

Mapuches on guard

Mapuches going into the main entrance where the shootings occurred earlier that day

One of the men shot earlier that morning returns to camp and is videoed by Anne Petermann and Alejandra Parra

The man was shot in the head with metal-filled rubber pellets by the Carabineros earlier in the morning.

Mapuche Lonko Juan Huenuhueque of Liempi Colipi raises his fist as the imminent threat fades of the Carabineros coming to evict the Mapuche communities from their ancestral lands.


We want to make a public statement to the Chilean territory, to Mapuche people, to the whole country, to inform about this situation where riot policemen have done things here in the Liempi Colipi community, in the district of Curacautín, La Araucanía region. They have entered the community today-the riot policemen-without any previous dialogue, any eviction order. When we reached them to have a conversation, they started shooting tear gas canisters. They started shooting at us, and one of them passed by no more than fifteen meters away from me. So, we make a public statement for you to be aware of this. There are more injured peñis, on their arms, on their stomach, in their tummy. So, we encourage you to pay attention to this, to be prepared because the riot police officers are coming after us again. Marichiweu! (We shall win a hundred times in Mapudungun!)”



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Women involved in the protests taking place across Chile have been targeted for sexual abuse and rape by the Chilean National Police (carabineros), leading to marches around the country demanding an end to violence against women. Photo: Langelle/

Excerpt From Human Rights Watch, Chile: Police Reforms Needed in the Wake of Protests – Excessive Force Against Demonstrators, Bystanders; Serious Abuse in Detention

The police detained more than 15,000 people and ill-treated some of them.

Of 442 criminal complaints filed by the National Human Rights Institute on behalf of victims of abuse, 341 refer to allegations of torture and inhumane treatment and 74 of sexual abuse. Many detainees allege they were brutally beaten by police. Another of the most common allegations was that police forced detainees, including children, to undress and squat fully naked in police stations, a practice banned by police protocols in March 2019 but that still occurs, including before the protests.

The police appear to be more likely to force women and girls to strip than men, based on data that the National Human Rights Institute collected and interviews Human Rights Watch conducted. A Chilean human rights lawyer told Human Rights Watch of a case in which men and women were detained in the same circumstances, but only women were forced to undress, and cases of police touching women’s genitalia after they were forced to strip.

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 From Global Justice Ecology Project and Biofuelwatch

For Immediate Release                             2 December 2019                             Español abajo

Contact: Steve Taylor in the U.S. +1.314.210.1322 / In Chile: Anne Petermann (English) +1.716.364.1188 / Gary Graham Hughes (Spanish and English) +1.707.223 5434

As UN Climate COP launches in Madrid Activists in Chile Demand Rejection of Neoliberal Model and Removal of Chile from COP Presidency

Chilean President Sebastian Piñera Abandons Plans to Travel to Madrid for COP25

Due to Threat of Detention for Human Rights Abuses

Santiago, Chile–While the annual UN Climate Summit (COP25) commences in Madrid, protesters across Chile, the country in which the COP was originally planned, are demanding that Chile be stripped of the Presidency of COP 25 due to the human rights abuses happening in Chile. At the same time, Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón has threatened to have Chile’s President Piñera detained if he attempts to enter the country.

Man shot in the head with a rubber bullet by the Chilean National Police. On the morning of 26 November Carabineros moved into Liempi Colipi and tried to force the Mapuche off their ancestral lands. Some were shot and released and another was hospitalized. Photo: Orin Langelle/GJEP

Protesters are rising up against Chile’s neoliberal model, imposed under the Pinochet dictatorship. More than two dozen people have been killed in the protests and hundreds have lost eyes as Carabineros de Chile (national police) intentionally shoot metal-filled rubber bullets shotgun-style at people’s heads.

Chilean and Indigenous Mapuche protesters explain that they are not seeking simple reforms. “We are not marching for social reforms,” said Mapuche elder Ana Llao, “we are marching for a total change of the system!”

Mapuches point out that political repression has been going on against them for decades, and escalated under the Pinochet regime, when vast expanses of their territory were stolen and turned into industrial monocultures of non-native pine and eucalyptus for pulp and paper companies.

Mapuche communities have long resisted this land theft, with Mapuches being attacked, murdered or jailed as recently as 2018. In November 2018, an unarmed Camilo Catrillanca was shot in the back of the head and killed by Carabineros. In April 2018, Mapuche Lonko (leader) Alberto Curamil was arrested on trumped up charges after years of fighting deforestation and successfully stopping two hydro-electric dams. In 2019 he was awarded the coveted Goldman Environmental Prize. As the COP begins, Lonko Curamil’s trial continues in Temuco, Chile.

In April 2018, Mapuche Lonko (leader) Alberto Curamil was arrested on trumped up charges after successfully stopping two hydro-electric dams. In 2019 he won awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. As COP25 begins, Lonko Curamil’s trial continues in Temuco, Chile. He is facing 50 years in prison for a crime for which there is a total lack of evidence. Photo: Orin Langelle/GJEP

“There is a political problem of permanent violence executed by the state regarding Mapuche people here in Wallmapu. The Chilean state has repressed, shot people in the back, and imprisoned them permanently. We live under a model of dispossession and exploitation–of misery–that has not only attacked Mapuche people but all Chileans,” said Rodrigo Román, attorney for Lonko Curamil.

With the momentum of the national uprising, two weeks ago, two Mapuche communities near Curacautin, Liempi Colipi and Quilape Lopez began an occupation of 1500 hectares of ancestral lands. They have been attacked by the police twice, with some members injured and others hospitalized. Referring to a series of hydroelectric projects planned for rivers throughout Mapuche territory, including the sacred Rio Cautin, Juan Ramón said, “Chile has now moved on from stealing our land to stealing our water.”

Alejandra Parra of Environmental Rights Action Network (RADA) points out, “Chile provides a warning to the world. Our environment and people are already being devastated by these neoliberal ‘climate solutions’ being lifted up by the Chilean Presidency at COP25. From hydroelectricity that steals our rivers, to electric cars, solar panels and industrial wind farms that ravage our mountains and deserts for lithium and copper, to the expansion of tree plantations onto Indigenous lands for the ‘bioeconomy’–Chile shows why ‘climate action’ cannot be motivated by profits.”

The neoliberal model has long been a feature of the climate COPs in the form of REDD, carbon offsets and other carbon market schemes, but this year under Chile’s leadership, it is rising to new prominence in the form of “Natural Climate Solutions.” These so-called solutions have been condemned as the commodification of the Earth for the purpose of creating vast quantities of carbon and biodiversity offsets designed to enable climate-destroying business as usual under the pretense of climate action.



De Global Justice Ecology Project y Biofuelwatch

Contacto: Steve Taylor en los EE. UU. +1.314.210.1322 / En Chile: Anne Petermann (inglés) +1.716.364.1188 / Gary Graham Hughes (español e inglés) +1.707.223 5434

Mientras se lanza la COP del clima de la ONU en Madrid, Activistas en Chile exigen el rechazo del modelo neoliberal y la remoción de Chile de la presidencia de la COP

El presidente chileno, Sebastián Piñera, abandona los planes de viajar a Madrid para la COP25

Debido a la amenaza de detención por abusos contra los derechos humanos

Santiago, Chile – Mientras la Cumbre climática anual de la ONU (COP25) comienza en Madrid, los manifestantes en todo Chile, el país en el que se planeó originalmente la COP, exigen que Chile sea despojado de la Presidencia de la COP25, debido a las violaciones de los derechos humanos que han ocurrido en Chile. Al mismo tiempo, el juez español, Baltasar Garzón, ha amenazado con detener al presidente de Chile, Piñera, si intenta ingresar al país.

Los manifestantes se están alzando contra el modelo neoliberal de Chile que fue impuesto bajo la dictadura de Pinochet. Más de dos docenas de personas han muerto en las protestas y cientos han perdido los ojos ya que Carabineros de Chile (policía nacional) ha disparado intencionalmente balas de goma llenas de metal, al estilo de una escopeta, a la cabeza de las personas.

Un hombre recibió un disparo en la cabeza con una bala de goma de la Policía Nacional de Chile. En la mañana del 26 de noviembre, la Policía Nacional de Chile se trasladó a Liempi Colipi e intentó obligar a los mapuche a abandonar sus tierras ancestrales. Algunos fueron baleados y liberados y otro permanecieron en el hospital. Foto: Orin Langelle / GJEP

Los manifestantes chilenos e indígenas mapuche explican que no buscan reformas simples. “No estamos marchando por reformas sociales”, dijo la anciana mapuche Ana Llao, “estamos marchando por un cambio total del sistema”.

Los mapuches señalan que la represión política ha estado en su contra durante décadas, y se intensificó bajo el régimen de Pinochet, cuando grandes extensiones de su territorio fueron robadas y convertidas en monocultivos industriales de pino y eucalipto no nativos para empresas de pulpa y papel.

Las comunidades mapuche han resistido este robo de tierras durante mucho tiempo, con mapuches siendo atacados, asesinados o encarcelados en 2018. En noviembre de 2018, Camilo Catrillanca, desarmado, recibió un disparo en la espalda, siendo asesinado por Carabineros. En abril de 2018, el mapuche Lonko (líder) Alberto Curamil fue arrestado por cargos falsos después de años de combatir la deforestación y detener con éxito dos represas hidroeléctricas. En 2019 fue galardonado con el codiciado Premio Ambiental Goldman. Mientras comienza la COP, el juicio de Lonko Curamil continúa en Temuco, Chile.

En abril de 2018, el mapuche Lonko (líder), Alberto Curamil, fue arrestado por cargos falsos después de haber detenido dos represas hidroeléctricas exitosamente. En 2019 fue galardonado con el codiciado Premio Ambiental Goldman. Cuando comienza la COP25, el juicio de Lonko Curamil continúa en Temuco, Chile. Ahora enfrenta 50 años de prisión por un delito por el cual hay una ausencia absoluta de evidencia que lo relacione con los eventos en cuestión. Foto: Orin Langelle / GJEP

“Existe un problema político de violencia permanente ejecutada por el estado con respecto a los mapuche aquí en Wallmapu. El estado chileno ha reprimido, disparado a las personas en la espalda y los ha encarcelado permanentemente. Vivimos bajo un modelo de despojo y explotación, de miseria, que no solo ha atacado al pueblo mapuche sino a todos los chilenos ”, dijo Rodrigo Román, abogado de Lonko Curamil.

Con el impulso del levantamiento nacional, hace dos semanas, dos comunidades mapuche cerca de Curacautín, Liempi Colipi y Quilape López comenzaron una ocupación de 1500 hectáreas de tierras ancestrales. Han sido atacados por la policía dos veces, con algunos miembros heridos y otros hospitalizados. Al referirse a una serie de proyectos hidroeléctricos planificados para ríos en todo el territorio mapuche, incluido el sagrado Río Cautín, Lonko Juan Ramón dijo: “Chile ha pasado de robar nuestra tierra a robar nuestra agua”.

Hombres mapuche bloquean una entrada trasera a la comunidad mapuche Liempi Colipi, cerca de Curacautín. Una ocupación de 1500 hectáreas de tierras ancestrales comenzó hace dos semanas. Han sido atacados por la policía dos veces, con algunos miembros heridos y otros hospitalizados. Foto: Orin Langelle / GJEP

Alejandra Parra of Red de Acción por los Derechos Ambientales (RADA) dijo: “Chile proporciona una advertencia al mundo. Nuestro entorno y nuestra gente ya están siendo devastados por estas “soluciones climáticas” neoliberales que la Presidencia chilena en la COP25 está impulsando. Desde la hidroelectricidad que roba nuestros ríos, autos eléctricos, paneles solares y parques eólicos industriales que arrasan nuestras montañas y desiertos en busca de litio y cobre, hasta la expansión de plantaciones de árboles en tierras indígenas para la ‘bioeconomía’- Chile muestra por qué la ‘acción climática’ no puede ser motivada por las ganancias “.

El modelo neoliberal ha sido durante mucho tiempo una característica de las COP climáticas en forma de REDD, compensaciones de carbono y otros esquemas del mercado de carbono, pero este año bajo el liderazgo de Chile, está adquiriendo un nuevo protagonismo en forma de “Soluciones climáticas naturales”. Las llamadas soluciones se han condenado como la mercantilización de la Tierra con el propósito de crear grandes cantidades de compensaciones de carbono y biodiversidad diseñadas para permitir negocios que destruyen el clima, como siempre, bajo la pretensión de una acción climática.



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The Mapuche community of Lautaro is threatened by a waste-to-energy incinerator that claims to produce “clean, renewable energy” in a town that already has a biomass burning plant. This march was held on the last day of a public comment period to deliver thousands of comments against the project. All photographs: Orin Langelle/GJEP

Alejandra Parra of RADA, the Environmental Rights Action Network speaks about the project at the march.




Sentiment during the uprising. Photo: Orin Langelle/GJEP

Orin Langelle-23 November 2019

Photographer’s note: Upon arriving at our hotel in Santiago, Anne Petermann and I hooked up with Biofuelwatch’s Gary Hughes. We headed toward the mass action up the street. Even though thousands of people have been detained, over twenty killed and over 200 people with serious injuries to their eyes, yesterday afternoon was energizing to say the least.

Not too far down the street I smelled tear gas and also smelled the smoke of marijuana. People, some masked, walked with a defiance that was amazing. Streets were clogged with protesters. In areas of green space people rested, played music, sang and others formed a circle dance.

This is a revolution. Grim but with a sense of humor and high spirits. Emma Golman came to my mind with her famous comment, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution.”

And this is a revolution without single leaders.

Police vehicle. Photo: Orin Langelle/GJEP

Vendors. Photo: Orin Langelle/GJEP

Remembering a person who was killed. Photo: Orin Langelle/GJEP

Police vehicle shooting water at protesters. Note the person on the left who just threw the bottle that can be seen headed towards police vehicle. Photo: Orin Langelle/GJEP

Protesters scatter from water spray. Photo: Orin Langelle/GJEP

Headed toward major confrontation. Photo: Orin Langelle/GJEP

The almost ever present tear gas rises in the upper right hand corner of the photo. Photo: Orin Langelle/GJEP

Person climbing to try and pry sheet metal from building to use for shields against “rubber” bullets. Photo: Orin Langelle/GJEP

Masked person looks toward the street. Photo: Orin Langelle/GJEP

Vendors continue as tear gas wafts. Photo: Orin Langelle/GJEP