Photos: Destroyed house of Lonko Juana Calfunao
Juan Paillalef Community
The house of Lonko (Chief), Juana Calfunao Paillalef , has been destroyed three times by unknown individuals, and other members of the community have had their houses burned down or otherwise demolished. Landowners adjacent to their community have usurped large areas of their land and this aggression towards the community members has no other objective than to chase them away from their land and seize it for themselves.
The police have not investigated and those responsible go unpunished by the Chilean justice system, while attacks on the community continue to be a daily occurrence.
Whilst the estates of the big landowners are watched over by police and armed workers from the farms adjacent to the Juan Paillalef Community, the Mapuche communities which are under attack remain defenceless.
Police trucks and other privately-owned vehicles patrol the roads near to the threatened Mapuche community.