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Chile | Ongoing fiscal mismanagement claims dog Indigenous takeover of Rapa Nui NP

SANTIAGO, Chile — In late January 2019, as Juan Nahoe Hereveri awaited questioning in the Easter Island courthouse, people gathered outside, shouting, swearing revenge, and calling for his death.

The crowd broke through the courtroom doors, and an avalanche of enraged men piled onto Nahoe, known locally as El Paki (“The Pakistani”). The police rescued him from the attack, whisked him out of the courtroom, and hid him in another room. The mob, increasingly infuriated, climbed onto the courthouse roof, removed the zinc sheets, and entered the building to hunt him down.

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