Nelson Hidalgo, an operations manager for forestry subcontractor Nylyumar, poses at a plantation near where rebels threatened him in Angol city, south of Chile, June 8, 2016. (Reuters/Gram Slattery)
A few moments of relaxation for Chilean logger Nelson Hidalgo were shattered one day last month when 12 armed men piled out of a pick-up truck and demanded he step outside his work-site dining trailer.
At rifle-point, the masked men forced Hidalgo and a handful of colleagues to the ground, according to the workers' accounts. Over the next hour, the armed men burned a minibus, an excavator, and other equipment belonging to Nylyumar Forestry -- Hidalgo's employer and a subcontractor for Chilean timber giant Celulosa Arauco.
As they left, the men scattered leaflets claiming allegiance to Chile's indigenous Mapuche people, many of whom assert that logging companies are trespassing on their territory and draining the natural resources that are their birthright.