News on the Mapuche Political Prisoner Hunger Strike 2012: 40+ Days

Day 43 of the Mapuche Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike: Call for Unity and Territorial Reclamation

October 8th, 2012

Day 43 of the hunger strike and they have lost an average of 11 Kg of weight. They demand their freedom, as well as for the other Mapuche prisoners of the Chilean State, without losing sight of the liberation of their People and territorial reclamation.  These are the words of the prisoners of the Wnete Winkul Mapu Community after receiving the mass visit of various communities throughout Wallmapu this past weekend.

Communiqué:

The Mapuche Political Prisoners of the Wente Winkul Mapu Community of Lof Chekenco: Paulino Levipan Coyan, Daniel Levinao Montoya, Rodrigo Montoya Melinao and their spokesperson Eric Montoya, wish to state the following to the national and international community:

This Sunday, October 7th we wish to acknowledge all our Peñi [Brothers] and Lamnien [Sisters] that were with us yesterday uniting their rebel cry for justice and freedom to ours.

We also acknowledge the Werkenes [Spokespeople] of other peoples that came in solidarity with our just demands and all those who have continued to support the hunger strike now on its 42nd day of dignified resistance.

During these 42 days on hunger strike, we have manifested ourselves against the Chilean State for its unjust and repressive treatment of our People throughout history regarding the theft and usurpation of territory.

We are four youth from Angol and five in Temuco who are struggling for justice and truth in our judicial cases, but also in support of territorial demands and the liberation desired by our People.

Look at us – it had only been up until very recently that we were playing in the middle of fields. We would help our folks with their harvest, with their animals. Today we lift our Wiños with dignity, in honour of what we have learned in this long history of resistance of the Mapuche Nation.

Pu Peñi, Pu Lamnien, we are not only fighting for a just trial. We struggle because we understand that prison is a place where we too can show the value of believing that we are not mistaken in what we desire: THE RECLAMATION OF OUR TERRITORIES.    

From here we lift our spirits and bring conscience to our people – that is what should unite us and make us walk together – not through projects, political posts or the scraps that fall from the tables of the rich.

We are youth that understand that we cannot renounce to the path that has been drawn out through the history of the Weichafe [Warriors] Kuifi, which is why we support the reconstruction of our nation, of a free nation, advancing though organization and conscience, where our ideas, attitudes and word can be credible.

The youth have understood the importance the land has… But we point to something greater that will assure us in maintaining ourselves as Mapuche today, tomorrow and always: THE TERRITORY.

We long for our Conas and Weichafe that defended their political, economic and cultural autonomy against the invader with their lives just as we do today.

Because we were born Mapuche neither persecution nor prison or death will detain our struggle for the liberation and territory of our Mapuche Nation.

Wente Winkul Mapu Mapuche Political Prisoners

State of Hunger Strikers on October 7th:

Names:                                               Initial Weight (Kg)          Current Weight (Kg):

Paulino Levipan                                    67.800                             56.100

Rodrigo Montoya                                  64.100                             54.500

Erick Montoya                                       65.400                             56.600

Daniel Levinao                                      63.700                             51.100

País Mapuche

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

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Mapuche Political Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike in Temuco Prison

October 1st. 2012

Public Communiqué from Temuco Prison

To national and international public opinion, we the Mapuche Political Prisoners, Leonardo Quijon Pereira, Luis Marileo Cariqueo, Fernando Millacheo Marin, Guido Bahamondes and Cristian Levinao Melinao, held in Temuco Prison state the following:

Kiñe: Beginning today MONDAY, OCTOBER 1st, 2012 we initiate an indefinite HUNGER STRIKE as a result from the lack of response from the National Chilean Gendarmerie regarding our demands.

Epu: This drastic decision that we have taken as Mapuche Political Prisoners is due to the incompetency of the Gendarmerie obliging to the Chilean State, other entrepreneurs and estates owners  that manage the Laws against us, in order to maintain us far from our family and loved ones.

–          We demand our immediate transfer (the five Mapuche Political Prisoners) to the Correctional Centre in the City of Angol, since it is closer to our families.

–          We demand the end to the humiliating and degrading strip searched carried out by the Gendarmerie to our families and friends who come to visit us.

Kula: We demand that these petitions be responded to, since as prisoners we have the right to situated in the Penitentiary that is closest to our homes in order to better receive our visits; this especially considering that it is a tactic used by Power in order to silence our struggle and resistance.

We demand equal and dignified treatment to our family and friends regarding the humiliating strip searches carried out by the Gendarmerie of Chile to our family and friends, considering that our incarceration is due to political causes and not criminal as with the rest of the prisoners.

Meli: We remind national and international opinion that we demand the respect for our rights, since we are in prison as a result of the struggle that we carry together with our Mapuche communities for the reclamation of our territory, which has been stolen and over exploited by the richest entrepreneurs in the country. This prison is due to political ends that the State imposes on us as subordinates of the entrepreneurs and estate owners, but we state clearly that our struggle will continue for the reclamation of our territory, for the right to our waters and a free and dignified life.

Kechu: From Temuco Prisoner we give our greatest support to our Peñi [Brothers] on hunger strike for the last 36 days, as an only recourse that the State and its businesses leave us in order to make our rights upheld. We demand immediate responses for those who risk their lives as a result of arbitrary and incoherent judicial processes.

Lastly, we call out to the solidarity and conscience between different peoples to openly participate in any kind of act of support to our Peñi and Wenuy whom are on hunger strike, where they as well as ourselves, have put our lives at risk for the cause of the Mapuche People and against the social injustice that is committed daily in this Winka [Settler] and racist country.

FROM TEMUCO PRISON WE INFORM ON THE INITIATION OF OUR HUNGER STRIKE.

STOP THE SET-UPS, PERSECUTION AND DETENTION OF OUR PEOPLE!

STOP THE POLICE STATE AGAINST OUR ELDERS, MOTHERS, WOMEN AND CHILDREN!

FOR THE LIBERATION OF OUR TERRITORY AND OUR PEOPLE!

Leonardo Quijon

Luis Marileo

Fernando Millacheo

Guido Bahamondes

Cristian Levinao

MARRICHIWEU!!!

País Mapuche

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Spokesperson of the Wente Winkul Mapu Community Arrested

September 25th, 2012

A group of Police arrested the spokesperson of the Wente Winkul Mapu community and the Mapuche Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike, Daniel Melinao. Up till now, there is no known cause for the aggression.

The arrest took place at around 4pm in the area of Ercilla; there is no information about his current state at this time.

Initially, the detention was understood as a repressive move on behalf of the government for the demonstrations against the health Minister that is visiting the area.

This is a new attack against the Lof Chequenco Community, where four of its members are currently undergoing a hunger strike in Angol Prison, without any type of justification by Chilean officials.

País Mapuche

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

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Mapuche Political Prisoners reach 30 Days on Hunger Strike: “The chains that we carry do not intimidate us!”

September 24th, 2012

This Monday, the four Mapuche Political Prisoners of Chequenco have reached one month on hunger strike, demanding their freedom. They have dropped an average of 9 kg of weight and are beginning to suffer from tachycardia. Despite this, they refuse to end their actions.

Communiqué:

The Mapuche Political Prisoners of the Wente Winkul Mapu Community of the Chekenco Lof, Paulino Levipan Coyan, Daniel Levinao Montoya, Rodrigo Montoya Melinao, and their spokesperson Eric Montoya wish to communicate the following to national and international opinion:

On this day, September 23rd we reiterate that we have risen with our voice full of strength. We have struggled for the reclamation of our land that has been stolen in order to be dignified children of this People that with bravery and blood has defended throughout history.

Despite the discrimination and being treated as “ignorant Indians,” we must say that before they came, we were here. Our culture, our language, our way of life existed, which did not mean the submission and exploitation of others.

They call us ignorant because their greed and arrogance has impeded them from knowing and respecting a People different than theirs.

We state that despite the fact that they have us deprived of our freedom, warrior blood continues to run through our veins that they will never overcome. The chains that we carry do not intimidate us.

We reiterate that despite the pains of the hunger strike and that two of us are showing symptoms of tachycardia, we continue to defend our rights with our lives and point responsibility to the Chilean State, led by President Piñera in negating our right to a fair trial, to the presumption of innocence and respecting the international accords that were signed to protect our People.

We continue in resistance to defend our rights, as it is not solely ours alone, but that of our children and future generations of Mapuche to come and continue struggling for the land that was stolen from us.

Neither prison, nor death will stop the struggle for the freedom and territory of our Mapuche Nation.

Mapuche Political Prisoners of the Wente Winkul Mapu Community

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Information of the State of Health of Each Mapuche Political Prisoner:

Hunger Striker:                              Initial Weight (Kg):   Weight as of Sept 23rd (Kg):

Paulino Levipan                                67.800                       59.000

Rodrigo Montoya                             64.100                        56.300

Erick Montoya                                   65.400                       58.400

Daniel Levinao                                   63.700                     53.800

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País Mapuche

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

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Mapuche Political Prisoners of Wente Winkul Mapu on Hunger Strike Make their Demands Known

August 30th, 2012

Communiqué No. 2

The Mapuche Political Prisoners of the Wente Winkul Mapu Community of Lof Chequenco, Paulino Levipan Coyán, Daniel Levinao Montoya, Hector Ricardo Nahuelqueo Nahuelqueo, Rodrigo Montoya Melinao, and their spokesperson Eric Montoya Montoya, wish to communicate the following to national and international opinion:

Today, August 29th our third day on hunger strike, we strongly manifest the discontent for the recent unjust conviction of our Peñi [Brothers] Daniel Levinao and Paulino Levipan, a discriminatory, racist and political sentence, where the State’s objective is to strip away the idea of territorial reclamation and end our just struggle.

We as Mapuche Political Prisoners continue to resist and struggle against this oppressive and inhumane capitalist system, we will continue to resist against those who have usurped our territories and will go to the last consequences in order to achieve justice and truth for our struggle, thereby showing our innocence. We demand the following:

  1. Annul the trial against Paulino Levipan and Daniel Levinao
  2. The application of Convention No. 169 of the ILO and international accords Chile has subscribed to.
  3. An end to the use of protected witnesses in Mapuche cases
  4. Stop the raids in Mapuche communities and an immediate end to the political violence carried out over children, women and elders.  We demand the demilitarization of Mapuche Territory.
  5. Freedom for all the Mapuche Political Prisoners and the return of our territories to Mapuche Communities.

We call out to all Mapuche communities and all sister peoples, conscious persons, national/international social and human rights organizations to support our just cause.

Neither prison, nor death will detain our struggle for the liberation and territory of our Mapuche Nation.

Long live the centuries long struggle of the Mapuche People

Marrichiweu!!

Mapuche Political Prisoners of Wente Winkul Mapu

País Mapuche

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

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*******Other News from Wallmapu*******

Antonio Panitru Community of Lonkomahuida  initiate Terrorial Reclamation against Mininco Forestry Inc.

The Mapuche Antonio Panitru Community of Lonkomahuida states to public opinion the following:

  1. Today, we begin to make use of our territory known as Hijuela los Perales that for many years has been fraudulently used by Mininco Forestry Inc.
  2. It has been more than a year since we gave notice to Mininco Inc., on its actions in confiscating our territory with no response.
  3. We demand that the government and its institutions implement the same judicial instruments used to criminalize and incarcerate our brothers and sisters against the abuses of the company on our territory.
  4. We demand that Mininco Forestry Inc. Give back the section of Hijuela los Perales, and compensate our community for the years of illegal usage of our territory as well as the police persecution against the members of our community.

Given this reality, our community begins today to harvest the plantations of pines that have been planted inside our territory.

Directive of the Antonio Panitru Mapuche Community of Lonkomahuida

País Mapuche

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

About The Women's Coordinating Committee For a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]

The Women's Coordinating For a Free Wallmapu is an indigenous grassroots organization based in Toronto advocating for the sovereign rights of the Mapuche Nation.
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