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Chilean police fire convicted Mapuche killer

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2013 at 7:34 pm •  Published: January 18, 2013

Catrileo's mother, Monica Quezada, told reporters Friday that it sends an important signal that no one is above the law.

"I hope that this will serve so that it becomes a policy of the state that when an officer commits unnecessary violence resulting in death, the crime does not go unpunished."

Ramirez's lawyer, Gaspar Calderon, told CNN Chile that his client is a victim of "popular justice," and that Chadwick had to offer the Mapuches something ahead of a high-profile negotiation session he'll be attending on Monday.

The Mapuches' demands for the return of their lands and autonomy date back centuries. They resisted Spanish and Chilean domination for more than 300 years before they were forced south to Araucania, Chile in 1881. A small fraction of the Mapuche have been rebelling for decades, destroying forestry equipment and torching trees.