Chile’s Boric government gives in to pressure and imposes state of exception in Mapuche conflict zone

Until now, leftist President Gabriel Boric had opposed militarization on the grounds that it would only exacerbate tensions in the conflict. He had heavily criticized his predecessor, conservative Sebastián Piñera, for pushing tensions between October 2021 and March 2022.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Chilean Interior Minister Izkia Siches on Monday imposed a "state of exception" (similar to the state of emergency) in two southern regions, a measure she has strongly criticized for months that allows the use of the armed forces to appease the growing violence in the region of the so-called "Mapuche conflict."

"We have decided to use all means to ensure the safety of our citizens by imposing a state of exception," he said at a press briefing at the seat of government.

This measure, which involves military deployment, will apply throughout the Araucanía region . . .

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