Experiences of torture, murder and disappearances, which form part of Chilean collective memory, have contributed to a strong activism that shifts away from government policy to create bonds of solidarity with fellow victims of oppression and colonization like the Palestinians.
The Maldonado case has exposed state repression of Mapuche resistance and activism. Digging deeper, we find linkage of the activist’s disappearance to capitalist exploitation — and to the clothing company, Benetton, which owns the largest share of territory allocated to a foreign company in Latin America.
Over 40 days have passed since the forced disappearance of Argentinian activist Santiago Maldonado. President Mauricio Macri’s government appears to be more preoccupied with protecting the impunity of the Argentine Military Police, also known as the gendarmerie, than with listening to the demands for Maldonado’s release -- or at