EN MG PKG F24 MAPUCHE CHILI_oPT_0 MIX OK
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On Sunday November 19, Chile will hold presidential and legislative elections. Fourteen million people will head to the urns, including the indigenous Mapuche. Based in the South of Chile, the Mapuche - literally "people of the land" - have been fighting with the Chilean State to reclaim their lands for over 200 years. Today, there are between 600,000 and 1 million members of these descendents of pre-Columbian civilisations. They're pushing hard to get multinationals out of what is their region. The tension is palpable, often erupting into violence. There's a constant and heavy police presence in their region. Some right-wing members of political parties label the community "terrorists". Last month four Mapuches went on a hunger strike demanding fair justice. With election day here, the Mapuche are high on the political agenda in Chile.