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1 Jul 2023

Peoples Dispatch,

Argentina: Indigenous activist Milagro Sala's house raided by police under allegations of public disturbances in Jujuy; she has been imprisoned since 2016

Titi Nicola/Pressenza

"Police in Jujuy raid home of Indigenous activist Milagro Sala amid mass protests", 01 July 2023

...The police in the Jujuy province of Argentina, on Thursday, June 29, raided the home of Indigenous and social leader Milagro Sala, who has been imprisoned since January 2016. Human rights and social activists allege that the charges that led to the raid are politically motivated.

The warrant to search the property of Sala, the leader of the Tupac Amaru Neighborhood Organization, was issued by Federal Judge Rodolfo Fernández. It was issued as part of an investigation into alleged public disturbances in recent days during the protests rejecting the reforms to the provincial Constitution. The reforms, promoted by conservative Governor Gerardo Morales of the right-wing Radical Civic Union party, have been widely opposed in the province. The warrant was requested by Prosecutor Diego Funes after a defendant, whose identity has been kept confidential, alleged that Sala had played a role in instigating the events.

In recent days, the Morales government has accused Sala of being linked to the mobilizations that began on June 5. This is despite the fact that she is under house arrest and has no way of communicating with anyone outside without the authorities’ prior knowledge.

Alejandro Coco Garfagnini, a leader of the Tupac Amaru, told Página/12 that the officers seized money, personal computers, and mobile phones, among other valuables, and turned the whole house upside down...

...They have noted that the new constitution does not recognize the rights of the Indigenous peoples, enshrined in the National Constitution, and promotes the provincialization of natural resources such as land and water. They have also condemned it for enabling the displacement of Indigenous communities that are inhabiting territories rich in resources and denying them their collective rights to ancestral land and territories...