Rapa Nui evictions, December 2010


Chilean police attacked a native land protest in Rapa Nui (Easter Island) on the morning of December 3, shooting and injuring at least six individuals. The protest, led by members of the Tuko Tiki clan, had maintained a 3-month occupation of land in the civic center area of Hanga Roa, the main town of Rapa Nui, part of a long-standing land and governance dispute.

A list of individuals shot is available here:

The indigenous Rapa Nui people are cousins to the Kanaka Maoli of Hawaii, and have lived under Chilean rule since 1888.

Islanders are expecting increased evictions in the near future. Check this topic page for more information, or follow the Twitter hashtag #rapanui to receive real-time notifications.