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Forest fires in Chile stoke tensions over indigenous land rights

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The Chilean government's use of anti-terror laws against indigenous Mapuche 'arsonists' provokes outrage, as NGOs claim commercial forestry practices are to blame for fires

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Posted by Gavin O'Toole Friday 20 January 2012 06.50 EST

Escalating tensions between the Mapuche people and Chile's government following a spate of devastating forest fires reveal the high cost of policies that champion multinational corporations by subordinating environmental protection to market growth.

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