Voices from Wallmapu: how indigenous media are challenging the “terrorist“ stereotype in Chile
18 de Mayo 2020
The photograph captures a stationary truck, engulfed in flames. Thick black smoke rises out of the frame, partially obscuring a plantation of pine trees that borders the road. The article below informs that “hooded people” attacked three trucks working at the construction site of a wind power plant, mentioning that they held a banner demanding the liberation of Mapuche political prisoners, and opposing the construction of the wind farm. This article is from May 8, but almost every day, similar stories can be found in Chilean national newspapers. They draw attention to spectacular acts of violence against private property, without meaningfully interrogating the conditions and histories that give rise to such scenes. The language in these stories is not always explicitly discriminatory, but cumulatively they reinforce a stereotype that depicts the Mapuche, Chile’s largest indigenous group, as terrorists.