The hunger strike began on July 12th, 2010, with five Mapuche at El Manzano Prison in the city of Concepcion and another 13 at the Penitentiary Centre (CCP) in
As reported by Global Voices Online, the group represents about a third of the total number of Mapuche who are currently on trial under the country's infamous Anti-terrorist Law.
According to the
They go on to point out that "The murderous legacy of the Lagos and Bachelet
"The situation is URGENT as the health of our Mapuche Brothers is rapidly deteriorating."
In light of this, the WCC has organized a solidarity protest in
If you're not in Toronto but still want to show your support for the Mapuche, a petition has been set up by a coalition of Mapuche and solidarity organizations in Europe and North America.
You can find the petition at http://mapuche.info/?lp_1=2
For more information and updates, visit www.mapuche.info and www.mapuche-nation.org
Statement of Mapuche Political Prisoners of El Manzano Prison – Concepcion – ON
HUNGER STRIKE The Mapuchepolitical prisoners, currently being held in the “El Manzano” detention centre in Concepcion, inform the Mapuche Nation and public international and national opinion the following:
Beginning today Monday, July 12th, 2010, we begin a liquid HUNGER STRIKE to the final consequences.
The reasons for this drastic and extreme determination is in response to series of situations that we have been denouncing unto the unjust political/judicial procedures that we are subject to and violate all our rights as MAPUCHE and political prisoners. The reasons for this drastic and extreme determination is in response to series of situations that we have been denouncing unto the unjust political/judicial procedures that we are subject to and violate all our rights as MAPUCHE and political prisoners.
In summary, we denounce that we have been part of Media Setups carried out by the Public
Ministrythrough Anti Mapuche prosecutors and corrupt police forces. It is in this way that the Chilean State, in defense of the corporate interests in the conflict with our People and in their urge to persecute and annihilate the Mapuche Movement, has criminalized the just cause of the communities, imprisoning and launching themselves against our people; imposing several dictatorial and fascist laws on honest social activists.
At the same time, we also denounce the existence of a strong and grotesque Anti-Mapuche campaign orchestrated by the economic and political Right of this country, who use their means of communication, their prosecutors and politicians with the objective of convincing public opinion.
Due to all of the above, we declare that we will continue our hunger strike unless these just demands are met:
1. STOP the application of the Antiterrorist Law with the Mapuche People. This is expressed by the complete
Abolitionof the Antiterrorist Law legislated by the Pinochet dictatorship.
2. STOP the process of Military Courts on the Mapuche People. Thus is expressed by the complete Abolition of Military Courts in Chile.
Freedomfor ALL the Mapuche Political Prisoners imprisoned in different jails throughout the Chilean State. This is expressed by:
Lastly, we call out on Our People to Mobilize, to protest and struggle for what we think is a just cause; including social and political organizations to remain alert of the situation.
- Demanding a just and fair Trial.
- An end to the political/judicial setups; ending all external and foul procedures, ending the use of faceless witnesses and the end of the practices that violate basic human rights such as extortion, threats, physical and psychological torture and the degrading conditions of detention centers.
- Demilitarization of Mapuche zones where communities reclaim their political and territorial rights.
For Territory and
Autonomyfor Our Mapuche Nation!! Weuwaiñ!!! Mapuche Political Prisoners – Concepcion
ForestryCompanies and Land Lords from Wallmapu Territory and Autonomyfor the Mapuche Nation With Lemun, Catrileo and Collio.
Mapuche Political Prisoners of Concepcion