MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 10th July, 2021) The son of a Chilean indigenous people's leader was shot dead in a confrontation with the police, the local group Mapuche Territorial Alliance (ATM) reported.
"We have just found out about the unfortunate fall of our brother Ernesto Llaitul, son of Hector Llaitul, in combat," the ATM said on its website late on Friday.
Ernesto Llaitul was 26 years old. His father is often referred to as a spokesperson for the indigenous activist group Coordinadora Arauco Malleco.
In October last year, more than 78% Chileans voted for changing the country's constitution. This brought the political, economic, and social independence of the indigenous peoples of Chile into the spotlight as they are not acknowledged in the constitution adopted during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship in 1980. In addition, indigenous people have been claiming for a long time that their territory has been illegally requisitioned by state-supported agriculture and forestry companies.