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107+ Days on Hunger Strike: Mapuche Political Prisoners Cling to Life as Chilean Government ignores 72 Ultimatum [Malleko Communities in Resistance + Wente Winkul Mapu]
During the night of August 19, 18 logging trucks burned in Wallmapu. The action this time was claimed by the Mapuche group Weichan Auka Mapu in solidarity with the 10 Mapuche Political Prisoners that faced trial the next day.
The torched trucks were still smoking when a strong security presence was put into operation at the court of Temuco to begin the great judicial theater. The aim is to use the anti-terrorist law to condemn the incendiary attack that caused the death of the landowner Luchsinger Mackay on January 4th, 2013.
Those charged under the anti-terrorist are: José Tralcal Coche, Juan Segundo Tralcal Coche, Juan Segundo Tralcal Quidel, Luis Sergio Tralcal Quidel, José Arturo Córdoba Tránsito, Aurelio Catrilaf Parra, Eliseo Catrilaf Romero, Sergio Catrilaf Marilef, Sabino Catrilef Quidel and Francisca Linconao.
During the first week of trial, a new attack again ignited the capitalist interests in Wallmapu. 29 trucks were burnt to the ground. Leaflets left in the sector clarified the authorship and intentions of the massive attack: “No to the Luchsinger Mackay set-up. Freedom to all Mapuche Political Prisoners! Fire and sabotage to the forest industry”.
It is expected that the inquisitorial process will last for a couple of months.
Solidarity with the Mapuche Political Prisoners!
Down with all the prisons!
(via Publicacion Refractario, translated by Insurrection News)
Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu
The Women’s Coordinating Committee [Toronto] wishes to express their most sincere thanks to all those who participated and volunteered in organizing “Stolen Land: 150+ Years of Occupation Exploitation and Genocide” this past July 1st, 2017. This political solidarity event of resistance was carried out in the framework of the Day of Action against the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Canadian state on stolen indigenous lands.
Despite all the despicable celebrations made by the Canadian State for alienated Canadian and yanacona masses, they couldn’t stop the resistance on the streets, and the interruption of offcial governmental events. On the night of July 1st, we had over 200 people in attendance at our evening event, which filled the University of Toronto residence hall to capacity. It a symbolic event that was dedicated to our Mapuche Nation, with a heartfelt homage to our Mapuche Weichafe, Luis Marileo and Patricio Gonzalez, who were shot and killed by police in the El Encino estate and our Mapuche Political Prisoners currently on hunger strike in so-called southern Chile.
Denouncing the crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the Canadian state in the national and international occupation of territories, the repression of the Mapuche people by the Chilean state, as well as testimonies of affected indigenous communities was incredibly impacting.
We give thanks to all those who volunteered to help us during the event, to the tech and video support team, and others many of whom did so spontaneously to help accommodate the people who came en mass that evening, specifically the Toronto Anarchist Reading Group. To the organizations and communities who participated, especially to the local Afghan community, Actions4Palestine, OCAI, and especially the indigenous Six Nations and Mi’kmaq representatives and communities who spoke in the event. To our indigenous sisters who gather every Sunday at Allen Gardens to hand out food and clothing to neighbours and those in need, presenting their powerful traditional songs. To the artists that finalized the program, sharing their performances in generous solidarity. To those who anonymously place their grain of sand in support, as well as the public who came out.
Since this was a free event with no admission, we passed around a bucket to help collect funds for those that came from afar. We raised over $500, which were entirely given to the Mi’kmaq representative, and other donations were given to cover travel costs of other indigenous land defenders and volunteers. Thanks to all the political organizations, individual and social collectives that endorsed the event.
Much Newen [Energy] to everyone!
Free the Palestinian Political Prisoners incarcerated in the dungeons of the Zionist regime of Israel!
Free all our Mapuche Political Prisoners on hunger strike in so-called southern Chile!
Capitalism, colonialism and imperialism out of our territories!
The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]
La Coordinadora de Mujeres por un Wallmapu Libre, Toronto, desea manifestar publicamente su mas sentido agradecimiento a todas y todos los que participaron y ayudaron este 1 de Julio en “Stolen Land: 150 años de ocupacion, explotacion y genocidio.” Este evento politico de solidaridad y resistencia, se dio dentro del marco del Dia de accion llamado por – y en oposicion – a las celebraciones de los 150 años del establecimiento del estado canadiense en tierra indigena.
Pese a todas las celebraciones impurias que el estado canadiense hizo para la enajenante masa canadiense y Yanakonas , no se pudo impedir la resistencia en las calles, la interrupcion de los eventos oficiales e inagurciones a personeros de gobieno y que en la noche mas de 200 personas, rellenaran, la residencia universitaria de la Universidad de Toronto en un simbolico evento que fue dedicado a nuestro pueblo Nacion Mapuche, donde se realizo un sentido homenaje a los dos Weichafe Mapuche, Luis Marileo and Patricio Gonzalez, quene sfueron asesinados en el fundo El Encino y a los Presos Politicos Mapuche con mas de 3 semanas de huelga de hambre.
La denuncia a los crimenes de lesa humanidad y genocidio cometidos por el estado canadiense en la ocupacion nacional e internacional de territorios, la represion del estado chileno, contra el pueblo Nacion mapuche, mas la denuncia de testimonios que de las mismas comunidades indigenas invitadas surgieron, fue impresionante.
Damos las gracias a todos, los que ayudaron, de modo espntaneo en el acomodamiento de la gente, que llego en masa al evento, a los que ayudaron a nivel tecnico y fotografico, en especial al colectivo Toronto Anarchist Reading Group. A las organizaciones y comunidades participantes en especial, la comunidad de Afganistan, Action for Palestina,y al colectivo OCAI, como la participacion de las comunidades indigenas de las Seis Naciones y del territorio Mi’kmaq. A nuestras hermanas que ayudan todos los domingos aqui en lo local, con las ollas comunes para los desposeidos, sin casa en el area de alex garden trayendo esta vez sus hermosos cantos tradicionales. A los artistas que finalizaron el programa y aportaron con su arte en forma generosa y solidaria. A los que siempre ponen su grano de arena en forma anonima, y al publico.
Por ser este un evento politico con una admision totalmente libre, se hizo una colecta al final, para poder ayudar a los que venian de lejos. Se reunieron 500 dolares, los cuales se entregaron integramente a la representante Mi’kmaq. otras donaciones se hicieron para cubrir gastos de bencina y ticket de bus inter urbano de otras participantes.
Gracias a todas las organizaciones politicas, colectivos individuales y sociales que endorsaron el evento.
Mucho Newen para todas y todos!
Libertad a los presos politicos Palestinos, encerrados en las cloacas del regimen sionista de Israel!
Libertad a Todos los Presos Politicos Mapuches en huelga de hambre alla en el Wallmapu, mal llamado sur de Chile!
Capitalismo, colonialismo e imperialismo: Fuera de nuestros territorios!
The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]
150+ Years of Occupation, Exploitation & Genocide
A night of Solidarity in Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist and Anti-Imperialist Resistance! Dedicated to our fallen Mapuche Weichafe [Warriors], Luis Marileo and Patricio González, shot and killed by Chilean police on June 11th, 2017
JULY 1ST, 2017 @ 7PM –
Woodsworth College Residence
312 Bloor Street West, rm 30
University of Toronto
Featuring Special Guest Speaker:
SUZANNE PATLES of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society
Melissa Elliott from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory
Drumming by the indigenous grassroots Allan Gardens Sunday Lunch and Clothing Drive Group
Other Speakers Include:
Sue Goldstein – Actions4Palestine
Suraia Sahar – Grassroots organizers of the Afghan Community
Rachelle Friesen – Organizing Committee Against Islamophobia (OCAI)
Anna Saini and YES – No One Is Illegal (NOII)
Kate Klein – Mining Injustice Solidarity Network MISN
MC LEE REED & Special Surprise Guests
Spoken word by Lindsay Ganohsanohwe Bomberry directly from Six Nations
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/701863416680529/
Organized by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]
For more info: https://wccctoronto.wordpress.com
Toronto Anarchist Reading Group
Women in Solidarity with Palestine
Stop the Jewish National Fund – Canada
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network – Canada
No More Silence
No One Is Illegal Toronto
Harvest Noon Co-op
Organizing Committee Against Islamophobia – OCAI
Indigenous & Creatives of Colour in TV & Film
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network
Anarchist Network of Toronto (ANT)
Mining Injustice Solidarity Network – MISN
Rising Tide Toronto
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This year marks the 150th Anniversary since the creation of the British North America Act that would officialize the occupation of the Canadian state on indigenous lands on Turtle Island. Throughout its existence, the Canadian state has sought the genocide of indigenous peoples through the imposition of the Indian Act – in its forceful removal of traditional territories onto reservations, implementation of foreign government – as well as the implementation of the residential school system, where thousands of native children would perish at the hands of the Church and state.
Currently, our communities are continuing to suffer the encroachment of the state, its corporate interests, and its policies in the ongoing plunder of the land, its peoples and beings. A plunder reflected in the physical degradation of the natural environment, the many hundreds of missing and murdered indigenous women, the exploitation of poor and marginalized classes, as well as the expansion of war and occupation locally and abroad.
Across Turtle Island, indigenous resistance the resource extraction industry – the expansion of the Tar Sands, the Black Snake pipelines, fraking, etc. – have taken root following in the footsteps of Standing Rock, Elsipitog, Kanonh:staton, Gustafsen Lake, and Oka. Resistance resounds across the stolen land of this continent to our Mapuche indigenous territories, who are also facing the ongoing encroachment of the Chilean state and its corporate allies throughout our territory of Wallmapu.
This July 1st, we have nothing to celebrate and everything to resist! Join us for a night of anti-colonial, anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist resistance! No Canada 150!
For the reclamation, reconstruction and liberation of our indigenous nations!
Free our Mapuche Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike!
*News in development*
Two Mapuche land defenders were killed last night at the hands of Chilean police after an alleged action on the large landed estate of El Encino in the Township of Los Sauces, nearby the city of Angol in southern Chile, on the evening Saturday June 10th.
According to news reports, five unknown individuals entered the large landed estate owned by Chilean Police Captain, Ignacio Gallegos Pereira, when the officer opened fire. 24 year old Weichafe [Warrior] Luis Humberto Marileo Cariqueo, and 23 year old Weichafe Patricio Gabriel González Guajardo, were killed in the police shooting.
Christian Frazani, regional General of Arauco, states that Gallegos used a hunting rifle and a short range pistol to “confront the assailants,” who died at the scene, with a third allegedly escaping while injured.
Meanwhile, there has been an out-pour of grief and outrage in Mapuche community and resistance groups. “Our brother[s] carry with them a long history of struggle in their territories, fulfilling their historic duties as young Mapuche in the face ongoing oppression. As Weichafe they had been continuously persecuted and prosecuted by the Chilean State. We recognize [our] brother[s] as martyrs of the Mapuche people in the millennial struggle for liberation… against estate owners, the rich, and the state who are the enemies of our Mapuche people.”
Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu
With files from Radio Bio Bio and Kizugünewtun Independencia
Mapuche Political Prisoners in Luchsinger Mackay Case on Indefinite Hunger Strike: “We risk our lives to guarantee our freedom.”
Mapuche Political Prisoners Prosecuted in relation to Luchsinger Mackay Case on Indefinite Hunger Strike: “We risk our lives to guarantee our freedom.”
Mapuche Political Prisoners, in so-called southern Chile, prosecuted in relation to Luchsinger Mackay case in the prison of Temuco communicate the following:
On Monday, May 29th, 2017, we have begun a hunger strike as a last recourse of resistance within political prison to demand and pressure authorities for due process in our cases.
As is publicly known, there has been a lack of evidence throughout this overwhelming process, which has been falling apart slowly in the courts.
Yet the Office of the Prosecution (FIAC) and their representative, Attorney Alberto Chifelle, have made enormous efforts to stretch all legal recourses necessary to push our cases to the Constitutional Tribunal, with the objective to continue our pre-trial detention. We state our innocence of the charges that have been laid on us. They wish to keep us behind bars, since we maintain our conviction of struggle for our Mapuche nation, which has led us to initiate a hunger strike as a radical measure of resistance and protest to enforce our demands as Mapuche Political Prisoners
We risk our lives in order to guarantee our freedom, demanding due process as a reasonable claim after a year of incarceration without the withdrawal of any charges.
The pre-trial detention of our Machi [Medicine Healer] Francisca Linconao, as well as those previously and currently charged in [the Luchsinger Mackay] case, follow the same political tactics of delegitimization of our struggle against the powerful capitalist interests in our Wallmapu. In addition, we are demanding an end to the application of the Anti-Terrorist Law, and our immediate freedom under Article 140 [of the Constitution].
We call on our Mapuche Nation, communities in resistance and in defense of Wallmapu, Chileans in social movements, fishermen, students, and other conscious of our dignified and just struggle oppressed by capitalist interests to support our mobilizations and break the mainstream bourgeois media silence. We also call on people to mobilize this June 12 on the streets of Temuco.
Our Demands are as follows:
A free and fair trial
Freedom under Article 140 [of the Constitution
Stop the application of the Anti-Terrorist Law
Temuco Mapuche Political Prisoners processed under the Luchsinger-Mackay case
Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallampu [Toronto]
For immediate release
Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu
Media Contact: Lydia Colihue, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What: Interrupting the Toronto Luncheon of Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile
When: Tuesday, June 6th, 2017@ 12:30PM EST
Where: OMNI King Edward Hotel, Toronto
Who: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto] and allies. Photo credit to q_e_d
Why: We are a group of indigenous Mapuche women and allies who have interrupted the Toronto visit of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in protest of the continuous incarceration, plunder and displacement of indigenous Mapuche land defenders originating from so-called southern Chile. In particular, we stand in solidarity with Mapuche Medicine Healers Machi Celestino Cordova and Francisca Linconao who have recently been charged under Anti-terrorist legislation, the former convicted to 18 years in prison and the latter whose process is currently ongoing, with the International Federation of Human Rights calling for their release. These are only two of the many dozens, if not hundreds, of Mapuche organizers exclusively processed by the Anti-Terrorist law since 2001 – a law which was legislated during the Pinochet military dictatorship in 1984, and which has been internationally condemned by the Inter American Court in 2014. The ongoing criminalization, and militarized repression of indigenous Mapuche movements in Chile have resulted in the police shooting deaths of several Mapuche youth, including 22 year old Matias Catrileo in 2008 during Bachelet’s first Presidency, whose families have yet to find justice.
We also protest the actions of the Canadian government in continuing their relationship of trade and commerce with Chile, strengthening the extractive industries that have caused the plunder and displacement of our indigenous peoples respectively. These actions are shameful but unsurprising, given both country’s colonial history. We stand in solidarity with our Mapuche political prisoners and their communities in resistance, as well as local indigenous communities who are also facing displacement as a result of neo-liberal, neo-colonial policies reinforced by each of these states. Free our Mapuche Political Prisoners! WEUWAIN! MARRICHIWEU! #NoCanada150