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A Prestigious Award for Chile Is a Headache for Piñera

April 25, 2019

The world’s top honor for environmental activism has been awarded to an imprisoned indigenous leader in Chile, spotlighting tensions between the country’s Mapuche community and the government and likely reigniting what has been a contentious debate over President Sebastián Piñera’s security policies.

Alberto Curamil, a Mapuche environmental activist, was announced as the winner of the 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize for South and Central America on April 29 for his leadership and “multipronged strategy” to protect rivers and forests in Chile’s Araucanía region. Curamil, who...

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