The Argentine Security Minister Aníbal Fernández this Monday denied that the increase in tension in the Río Negro, where various arson attacks were recorded as part of the historic territorial claim of a Mapuche community, are “terrorist attacks”, which has ensured that the judiciary is responsible for those responsible Will be held accountable.
At the request of Governor Arabela Carreras, Argentine President Alberto Fernández announced the deployment of forces from the gendarmerie, the prefecture, the federal police and the airport security police in the Río Negro area at the end of last week.
“It is definitely not terrorism, they want to frame it in a situation with these characteristics in order to gain a political advantage, but they are doing the republic a disservice by discussing things out of seriousness,” Fernández said in a radio interview. the one from the Télam news agency.
“I respect the Mapuche people who are not behind this problem,” added the Argentine minister, referring to the presence of “a group that does not even know whether they are descendants of the Mapuche people and must do so”. analyzed, examined and tried out. “
However, he has refused to label those responsible for the heightened tension in Río Negro as “criminals” and insisted that the Argentine judiciary bring them to justice. “If the judiciary holds them responsible for the crime, the day we have them we will see who they are and have the judiciary judge and punish them,” he said.
The Lof Quemquemtrew Mapuche community in Río Negro in the south of the country has held security forces accountable and accused the agents of “violating the territory and members of the community” amid rising tensions claim.
In recent weeks, activists and parishioners have denounced increasing repression by provincial authorities to occupy their territory, according to the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights (APDH).