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The Mapuche Confederation declares itself in a state of alert after the Government’s decision regarding the Lanín volcano

The Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Juan Cabandié, at a press conference (Photo: Télam).

The Mapuche Confederation declared itself in a “state of alert and mobilization” after the measure that declared the Lanín volcano, in Neuquén, a “sacred Mapuche site” was reversed. The decision was adopted by the National Parks Administration (APN) which depends on and has the approval of the Minister of the Environment, Juan Cabandie.

The reversal occurred just 24 hours after the same entity took the opposite measure. It had done so through a resolution that was published in the Official Gazette. In addition, and at the same time, it had established that a joint working mechanism should be created with the Mapuche people, for the elaboration of a site management plan.

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As a result of the abrupt change in position, the Mapuches pointed against the national government: “We regret the political fragility of the national government and in particular the Minister of the Environment, Juan Cabandié, incapable of sustaining a political decision for 24 hours”.

The Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Juan Cabandié, at a press conference (Photo: Télam).

“The little credibility and courage of its management pushed back such a momentous decision for the Mapuche identity and worldview, such as the declaration of a Sacred Site that protects a space as fragile and punished as our Pijan Mawiza, Volcan Lanín”, added the members of the original peoples.

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The reverse gear would be due to extinguishing another source of conflict with the governor Omar Gutierrez. Upon learning of the initial decision, he stated on his social networks: From @ParquesOficial it was decided to declare the Lanín volcano a ‘sacred site’, one-sided and unanswered, unaware that the domain of resources is provincial. It is an outrage against the autonomies, an act of centralism and an interference”.

Omar Gutiérrez (Neuquino Popular Movement) current governor of the province, (Source: NA).
Omar Gutiérrez (Neuquino Popular Movement) current governor of the province, (Source: NA).

The provincial president considered the decision an “outrage” and argued that “the existence of national enclaves such as the Parks Administration does not authorize to erase the letter of the Constitutiontrampling on the provincial constitutional powers”.

In addition, he warned that initiate administrative and legal actions against this act, which he considered “illegitimate and illegal”.

The climber who fell into the Lanín volcano died.

Likewise, he pointed out other “institutional examples of dialogue”, such as the “co-management in the Pulmarí Interstate Corporation or the recent Free, Prior and Informed Consultation process”. In this sense, he remarked: “The Lanín is a symbol of Neuquén identity and belongs to all Neuquén men and women”.

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The decision will go through a kind of “intermediate room” since the National Parks Administration made the decision to convene a dialogue table that brings together members of the provincial government and leaders of the Mapuche community with the aim of reaching another type of agreement.

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