Mapuche Political Prisoners in Angol Prison Begin Hunger Strike

Mapuche Pol.Pris. on hunger strike 2014

April 7th, 2014

We state the following to local, national and international opinion:

As Mapuche Political Prisoners, we initiate a new indefinite hunger strike beginning today, Monday April 7th, 2014, demanding the following:

KIÑE: We demand that the sentence against Luis Humberto Marileo Cariqueo, Cristian Pablo Levinao Melinao, and Leonardo Quijon Pereira be reviewed. We were convicted with the use of faceless witnesses by the Anti-Mapuche Prosecutor Luis Chamorro Diaz, and therefore feel that we were not served a just trial by the Attorney General’s Office.

EPU: We demand our immediate transfer to the Centre for Education and Work (CET), since this petition was agreed to at least three hunger strikes ago. Moreover the various International Treaties signed by the Chilean State, such as ILO’s 169 Convention on Indigenous Rights should be taken into account, as well as the consideration of our culture, our attachment to Mother Earth, our communities and our families.

KÜLA: We demand the humanitarian pardon of our Peñi [Brother] Jose Mariano Llanca Tori, since he is suffering from a terminal illness, which was confirmed by private and prison medical professionals. Our strike has been mobilized in considering the low life expectancy of our Peñi [Brother].

MELI: We call out to Mapuche communities in resistance to not negotiate with the current government until our petitions as Mapuche Political Prisoners on hunger strike have been met. This has been the agreement of all the Lof [Extended Communities] in Resistance that support the mobilization, in Malleco, Cautin and Arauco and took place on April 5th during a Nguillaumawun ceremony in Angol Prison.

KECHU: We demand that the government in turn, especially the regional government, keep its word in its apology to the Mapuche Peoples, so it would not continue the criminalization of our Mapuche Nation.

April 6th, 2014

País Mapuche

Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]

WOMEN: Don’t Grease Your Chains… Break Them! (MST Speaker from BRAZIL & Mapuche Feminist Doc)

WOMEN- Don't Grease Your Chains..

WOMEN: Don’t Grease Your Chains… Break Them!

Destroy the Patriarchical Prison System!

Free our Mapuche (Indigenous), Anarchist and Revolutionary Political Prisoners

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1424157824488960/

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SATURDAY, MARCH 8TH @ 7PM

***SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER OF THE LANDLESS WORKER MOVEMENT DIRECTLY FROM BRAZIL***

ORLANDO PIMENTEL

Youth organizer with the Landless Workers Movement (MST), speaking on the ongoing resistance against gentrification and securitization brought about by the upcoming World Cup to be held in Brazil in June 2014.

Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST) in Portuguese, is a mass social movement, formed by rural workers and by all those who want to fight for land reform and against injustice and social inequality in rural areas.

The MST was born through a process of occupying latifundios (large landed estates) and become a national movement in 1984.  Over more than two decades, the movement has led more than 2,500 land occupations, with about 370,000 families – families that today settled on 7.5 million hectares of land that they won as a result of the occupations. Through their organizing, these families continue to push for schools, credit for agricultural production and cooperatives, and access to health care.

SHOWCASING the Brazilian Mini Doc:

DISTOPIA 021: CITY SEGREGATION AND SPECTACLE (Portuguese/Spanish with English Subtitles)

See Trailer here: http://vimeo.com/32676930

Cities are spaces of cultural uniformity through a series of surveillance mechanisms, repression and segregation. Its architecture is designed fundamentally on the circulation of goods, its spaces mediated by consumption and the current economic model: Capitalism. The short documentary focuses on these processes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which have only been heightened by the upcoming FIFA World Cup in June 2014, and the Summer Olympics in 2015.

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EXCLUSIVELY SCREENING the MAPUCHE FEMINIST DOCUMENTARY FILM:

“EYES OF A WOMAN: GLANCE OF THE EARTH” (Spanish with English Subtitles)

A film by Mapuche Feminist and Warrior, Moira Millan

See Trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKLrM6-gfag

The film of a Mapuche activist from Puelmapu (so-called Argentina) depicting the life of Moira Millan, the film’s protagonist and writer. Moira is a Mapuche woman who had to migrate from Patagonia to the City of Buenos Aires with her two small children. After some time, she decides to go back to Reclaimed Mapuche Territory, where her mother’s remains lie. She knows the land must be preserved, but her daughters do not want to live in the country. The film raises many issues on the preservation of Mapuche indigenous identity in today’s Argentina, in which Moira travels to visit women of other communities an indigenous nations, with which she shares the experience of preserving ancestral culture through education, health, music and taking back the land.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

 *EVA PORTILLO (LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN SOLIDARITY NETWORK)

* SIGRID (Idle No More Toronto/The Indignants)

MUSIC, POETRY & MUCH MORE…

ORGANIZED BY:

THE WOMEN’S COORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR A FREE WALLMAPU [TORONTO]

http://wccctoronto.wordpress.com

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The history of women has been plagued with humiliations and scorn on the part of the various systems of slavery and submission that have existed. Domination, colonialism and violence have always been unleashed on the bodies of women as a possession to be conquered – and with it the earth – as part of the structural patriarchy that has continued the rape, plunder and genocide of the land and its indigenous peoples.

Patriarchal objectification and systems of control are in this way manifested through wage labour, heteronormativity/fixation of gender binaries, environmental exploitation, security and surveillance of society as an extension of the physical confines of prison, forcing people into submission to further the Capitalist project.

Those who rebel against this structural violence and refuse to see themselves or their environment as objects to be exploited are quickly punished as criminals or deviants deserving of the proper punishment to fulfill their roles in society – to be objectified. Thus, the prison system and it various extensions are the vivid expression of this structural violence – forcing all those who refuse to submit to the colonial norms to submit their bodies and their lives to the will of power and capital. It is in this way that prison becomes the ultimate expression of Patriarchal structural violence in our society as it serves to further objectify women and their bodies into the property of Capital and the State.

This International Women’s Day, we have nothing to celebrate and everything to fight back.

WE DENOUNCE THE STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE OF THE JUDICIAL/PRISON SYSTEM ON OUR COMMUNITIES IN RESISTANCE AGAINST COLONIALISM, CAPITALISM & PATRIARCHY ON THIS STOLEN LAND!!

FREE MACHI CELESTINO CORDOBA & ALL MAPUCHE POLITCAL PRISONERS!!

FREE OUR MI’KMAQ POLITICAL PRISONERS IN SO-CALLED NEW BRUNSWICK!!

INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY & REBELLION WITH FALLON, AMELIE & CARLOS IMPRISONED IN MEXICO!!

INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY & REBELLION WITH MONICA & FRANCISCO IMPRISONED IN SPAIN!!

They may imprison our bodies, but they can never imprison our desire to struggle; to be free.

Organized by The Women’s Coordinating Committee for A Free Wallmapu [Toronto]

Medicine Healer [Machi] Celestino Cordova Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for the Luchsinger –Mackay Case

celestino

Source: Radio Bio-Bio

February 28th, 2014

This Friday, the Criminal Court of Temuco sentenced Mapuche Medicine Healer [Machi], Celestino Cordova, to 18 years in maximum security prison, for his alleged involvement in the arson that killed the Luchsinger-Mackay couple in Vilcun last year.

“Celestino Cordova is convicted by a majority of votes to an 18 year sentence at a maximum security facility, and the absolute prohibition in assuming public office, for having been considered the author of arson resulting in death,” declared the 120 page sentence.

The conviction was carried out under strict police surveillance in and around the courthouse, rejecting the petitions made by the Prosecution, who was asking life in prison (40 years), without any right to benefits for the severity of the charges.

Previously, Defense attorney Karina Riquelme announced they would resort to annul the trial, since Medicine Healer [Machi] Celestino Cordova was convicted for being a participant in the incident and not the author.

This past January 20th, Chilean Justice had accredited the participation of Celestine in the events that occurred on the mourning of January 4th, 2013, at the Granja Lumahue Estate, where [estate owners] Werner Luchsinger and his wife Vivianne Mackay were killed in an arson.

CONVICTED IN AGGRAVATION

At the end of the hearing, the Regional Prosecution of the Attorney General, Cristian Paredes, commented that they will completely re-examine the sentence and decide on further actions. Nonetheless, he estimated that at least Cordova had received a minimum conviction for the seriousness of the crime.

“The conviction has been set to an 18 years sentence, without the possibility of opting for alternative benefits; therefore we believe that this is minimally representative of the severity of the crimes caused to the victims. We need to review the reasons for the sentencing. There have only been some small references made in regards to aggravated nature of the charges… And therefore will have to review the content in order to decide if we will recur to annulling the trial as a whole [to ask for life imprisonment].”

Meanwhile, Attorney Carlos Tenorio, who represented the Luchsinger-Mackay family in the trial, assured that the “trial was highly complex in arguing for arson resulting in death is not easy; particularly in this region.”

“By virtue of the fact that we argue there is Terrorism in the Araucanía (which is important to note), we must read the sentence with careful attention, since we only had a small minority vote in our favour. What satisfies us is that there is someone responsible and will fulfill his sentence,“ he added.

Finally, Attorney Pablo Ortega, who defended the ancestral Mapuche authority of Lof Lleupeko, stated that Celestino “is calm. He has actually pointed out to his family, his People, and his Communities that he is prepared and in good spirits. He and his Defense are hopeful in the petitions that will be recurred to when the time comes, and we will obtain the absolute annulment of the trial as stated by the Defense.

Radio Bio-Bio

Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]

http://wccctoronto.wordpress.com

BREAKING – MEXICO: Restriction Order Lifted from CARLOS, AMELIE & FALLON – Remanded for Damages and Breaking the Peace

solidaridad001BREAKING – MEXICO: Restriction Order Lifted from CARLOS, AMELIE & FALLON – Remanded for Damages and Breaking the Peace

THE TERRORIST SET-UP FALLS APART

On February 17th, it had been 40 days since the restriction order had been issued against our comrades Carlos Lopez, Amelie Pelletier and Fallon Poisson by the Mexican Republic’s General Attorney’s Office.

During these 40 days, the prosecution tried to elaborate charges of Terrorism and Organized Crime. Despite their intimidating and inquisitorial methods, they were unable to state their case, and the accused were released for lack of evidence. HOWEVER, the local police of Mexico City arrested them once again for pending charges of alleged for alleged mischief and breaking the peace.

Comrades Amelie and Fallon are currently the Women’s Detention Centre (Reclusorio Femenil) of Santa Martha and were visited by the legal team, while Carlos called and informed he was at the East Detention Centre (Reclusorio Oriente).

The charges are not serious and therefore would be eligible for bail, but we should remember that our comrade, Mario González, was systematically denied bail under the same circumstances for being “a danger to society.”

We will continue our solidarity with our sisters and brothers kidnapped by the State!

Free Amelie, Fallon, and Carlos!

Free Mario, Salvador and Fernando!

Free them All!

Down with the Prison Walls!

Rojoscuro

Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto

http://wccctoronto.wordpress.com

Daniel Melinao Absolved of Charges for Alleged Murder of Police Officer

Daniel Melinao absueltoJanuary 9th, 2014

The Criminal Court of Angol absolved Werken [Spokesperson] Daniel Melinao of the charges that accused him of Sergeant Hugo Albornoz’s murder in April 2012, during a violent raid in the Wente Winkul Mapu Community in Lof Chekenko. Mapuche community members gathered outside the court house to carry out a ceremony.

The decision was presented this morning after reading the verdict. The verdict was divided, two against one, in which the judges could not sustain the absurd set-up that was raised by the prosecution together with the Interior Minister to punish the struggle of Went Winkul Mapu.

We are now awaiting a rebuttal on behalf of Anti-Mapuche Prosecutor, Luis Chamorro, to have the case appealed to the Chilean Supreme Court, or have the trial annulled all together.

Melinao was charged as the co-author in the murder of GOPE Special Forces Officer, Hugo Albornoz, in which Mapuche Political Prisoner, Eric Montoya, remains as the principle accused. Eric had recently gone underground (before he knew about being charged in the homicide case)after being convicted of charges relating to the reclamation of Mapuche occupied territory, belonging to the Estate owner and entrepreneur, Juan de Dios Fuentes; as well as the constant harassment he and his family had suffered by the Prosecution.

According to the Prosecution, Eric Montoya had received ammunition from Daniel Melinao. However, since the case against the Werken [Mapuche Spokesperson] in the murder of the Sergeant could not be proven, the second case could also be potentially dismissed by the Courts. This moreover strengthens the arguments made by the Wente Winkul Mapu Community, in that the death of the Sergeant was caused by friendly fire; in other words, by another police officer.

The Prosecution was asking for a 20 year sentence for first degree murder of a Police Officer, solicited a sentence of 10 additional years for attempted murder of other police officers during the events that took place that day, as well as a year for mischief.

País Mapuche

Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]

http://wccctoronto.wordpress.com

Outside the Angol Court House
Outside the Angol Court House

Matias Catrileo…. We Remember you in Struggle

Matias Poster

WCCC Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.695156467183027.1073741825.180896458609033&type=3

Today, January 3rd, 2014 marks the 6th anniversary of the brutal police murder of Mapuche indigenous Weichafe [Warrior] Matias Catrileo Quezada, who was shot in the back during a peaceful land reclamation in so-called southern Chile (i.e. Wallmapu). He was only 24 years old, and one of at least four police murders of Mapuche land defenders over the last 10 years. The officer who shot him, Walter Ramirez, was only convicted to 3 years probation and still serves in the Chilean National Police (Carabineros de Chile).

Every year, our Mapuche People commemorate his death with various actions across Wallmapu, against forestry corporations and large landed estates that have usurped the territory. Today, we support our Warrior Sisters and Brothers on the front lines of struggle, to oust the Capitalist interest in our territory and for the complete reconstruction, reclamation and liberation of our Mapuche Nation.

FREE ALL MAPUCHE POLITICAL PRISONERS! MARRICHIWEU! WEUWAIÑ!!
“Matias Catrileo, you’re death was not in vain. Throughout all the territory, your brothers rise up in your name.”

For more information on the Mapuche Struggle in English visit the Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto] website at http://wccctoronto.wordpress.com/ or País Mapuche in Spanish (Video In Spanish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FehoyAJAgd4)

Mapuche Resistance Defies the State of Siege

file_20131231083837December 31st, 2013

What can only be described as an act of defiance unto the State of Siege imposed by the Chilean State was carried out this mourning (December 31st), against the Chilean occupation and its Capitalist plunder in the province of Malleco.

The events took place nearby the town of Angol, a small distance away from a police station. It involved the complete arson of a helicopter belonging to Mininco Forestry Inc, and the partial damage of another.
The events also included the alleged assault of a police officer, who was subdued by the “assailants,” according to various media reports.

helicoptero_mininco_saboteado-300x199We should remember that the Chilean government had ordered more police presence to Mapuche territory, in which several reinforcements were brought from various parts of the country. This also included the use of surveillance planes, or drones, with infrared cameras and heat detectors, in order to control and monitor the movement in the area, especially at night.

Nothing worked; the permanent police presence used to prevent unidentified people from entering site proved to be a dismal failure. A private contractor is used to maintain planes and other equipment for Mininco Forestry Inc, where the two planes were set on fire, destroying one and damaging the other.

Second Helicopter Attack in the Area

This is the second time that Forestry planes have been targeted in the area of Malleco. In another incident. An earlier incident included a helicopter that was shot in a rural area of Ercilla.

Forestry Companies: The Ugliest Face of Capitalism in Wallmapu

The forestry companies represent the worst aspect that Capitalism has shown to Mapuche community members in Wallmapu. Their extreme extractive activities have only generated dissaster for communities, including toxic fumes, the dissaperance of rivers, brooks and streams, as well as the extinction of the natural flora and fauna of the area which serve as food and medicine for the Mapuche People. These are the main effects, amoung others, of the industry financed by the Chilean State through Law 701.

Moreover, the enormous extensions of land currently held by the Forestry companies lie on stolen land from Mapuche communities. These corporate properties are directly related to the territorial plunder of the Mapuche People.

Three Families against a People

This business not only is targeted against the Mapuche People; it also excludes the thousands of Chileans that have maintained this industry through subsidized taxes for the last 20 years. The property concentrated by the forestry industry lies in the hands of only three families: Angelini, Matte and Carey, whom own companies such as Bosques Arauco, CMPC and Masisa respectively.

Bosques Arauco alone encompasses almost 1.2 million hectares, with Mininco Forestry Inc at 700,000 hectares, which does not include the many uncertified estates in the area.

According to an official report, the forestry companies posses almost three million hectares in southern Chile – in other words – Wallmapu. This accounts to almost 30% of our traditional Mapuche Territory [south of the Bio Bio River], in comparison with only 700,000 hectares held by Mapuche communities, accounting for only 7% of traditional territory.

País Mapuche
Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]
http://wccctoronto.wordpress.com

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