Mapuche leader found "not guilty" in unprecedented trial in Argentina
The celebratory cries of "Marici weu" "Marici weu" could be heard echoing throughout the streets of the sleepy mining town of Zapala in southwest Argentina. After eight days of intense deliberations in court and more than three years of preparation, Relmu Ñamku and two other Mapuches, Mauricio Rain and Martin Velasquez Maliqueo, were free.
"Today justice has been done," said a tearful Ñamku in court on Wednesday, November 4. "From the onset, we said that this was an unjust trial and denounced the collusion between the Judiciary and the oil companies. Today, the Indigenous People have triumphed, as Mapuches we are stronger and will continue more than ever to defend every single metre of our territory."