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  • NAPALPÍ MASSACRE
  • NAPALPÍ
    • Means “CEMENTERY” in the Toba Language.
    • Its official name was Colonia Aborigen Chaco (“Chaco Aboriginal Colony”).
    • Ocurred on July 19 in 1924 in Napalpí, in the Province of Chaco, North Argentina.
    • It involved the massacre of 200 indigenous people of the Toba ethnicity by the Argentine Police and ranchers.
  • HISTORICAL CONTEXT
    • The Argentine Army had been involved in a military campaign to suppress the indigenous people of Chaco, called “THE CONQUEST OF CHACO”.
    • The campaign resulted in the death of thousands of indigenous people.
    • The Argentine forces established a line of fortress in order to usurp the indigenous territories for European settlers.
    • The inhabitants of Napalpí had started to produce cotton, but in 1924 the authorities imposed a tax of 15% on the cotton crop which created discontent and a strike.
  • THE MASSACRE
    • Early in the morning of July 19, 1924 a group of 130 armed men, attacked the indigenous people.
    • The attack lasted 40 minutes. Women and children were also killed, with machetes.
  • ACCOUNTS OF THE MASSACRE
    • Around 9 o`clock in the morning, without a shot being fired by the innocent aboriginies, the police fired repeatedly.
    • There were more women and children than men, but this wasn`t an obstacle for the police, they continued and killed thousands of indigenous people.
    • Over 5.000 shots were fired and the orgy of blood included the extraction of testicles, penises and ears of the dead.
    • Melitona Enrique was the only survivor of the Napalpí Massacre.
    • She said that she’d never forget that horrible moment.