Mapuche territory - One of the 19 Mapuche on trial for resistance to Lleu Lleu is dead
Source: paismapuche.org, August 22, 2010
Richard Ñegüey Pilquimán, only 19 years old, died in his community, in Puerto Choque, Lleu Lleu.
He apparently committed suicide. He was one of the 19 Mapuche on trial for resistance to Lleu Lleu,
and was free but with restrictions.
The information was provided by the chief prosecutor of the Cañete Radio Bio Bio. Police said it
"rejects the intervention of third parties."
Ñegüey was accused of "illicit association to steal firewood” concerning the recuperation that his
people were carrying out in the area of Puerto Choque, south of Lake Lleu Lleu.
Richard is the son of Peru Ñegüey Segundo, also indicted in the same trial.
What is strange is that out of the 19 accused, Richard was the one that risked fewest years in prison.
The sentence sought by the antimapuche prosecutor was 301 days in jail, and as he had no previous
convictions, he could remain at liberty.
Accusations made by young people of Lleu Lleu, under threat of attorney Andres Cruz to defame the
community and go on trial as protected witnesses, should be held in consideration.
We declare that our brethren have been arrested without no evidence that could possibly provided (in terms of) by the country's common law. Nonetheless they have now to go through a long time of reclusion/imprisonment without a trial which might have guaranteed a certain procedure of transparent and egalitarian/equal “justice”. All this been done with a humiliating attitude by the Chilean state. This is why our brothers continue to get locked up by means of highly dubious declarations made by “protected” and faceless witnesses and through fabrications engineered by the political and judiciary powers.
We declare that today the hunger strike has being going on for 20 days and is bringing about a serious worsening of our “penilangems” (COMRADES?) physical and mental health and integrity. However, neither the current government nor the judiciary have shown any concern towards this situation.
We have witnessed with sheer worry and surprise how the president of the Chilean Republic does not hesitate in showing/paying heartfelt consideration towards people from another countries in the same situation as our Mapuche brothers (such as in the case of Cuban political prisoners) while failing to do anything in order to stop the mistreatment and Human Right violations exerted these days upon our Mapuche community.
We believe that this government should change the ways in which approaches its relations with the Mapuche since it will never be able to imprison our people's consciousness through fear and repression. This is as trying to cover up the sun with just a finger and only promotes the uprising of our communities which will carry on in their struggle for their rights.
We keep following all the current affairs/events as well as seeking the way to publicly denounce them in favour of our rights.
Signed by:Association of Mapuche communities Lafkenche; which gathers 14 Mapuche communities from the “Comuna” (Commune) Teodoro Schmidt.“Lafken Mapu Newen”
Wallmapu: August the 31st of 2009
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