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Mapuche Leader Elisa Loncón to Lead Rewrite of Chile’s Pinochet-Era Constitution

HeadlineJul 06, 2021

In Chile, an Indigenous Mapuche woman has been chosen to lead the rewriting of the country’s constitution. Elisa Loncón is a university professor and community advocate. She was picked by over half of the 155 delegates charged with drafting a new Chilean constitution that will replace the current document, created under the U.S.-backed dictator Augusto Pinochet. This is Loncón speaking Monday.

Elisa Loncón: “This convention today that I have the responsibility of presiding over will transform Chile, a plurinational Chile, an intercultural Chile, a Chile that does not go against the rights of women, the rights of citizens, a Chile that looks after Mother Earth, and a Chile that safeguards water against being dominated.”

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