November 3rd, 2012
The Temuco Court of Appeals revoked the pre-emptive custody that maintained Eric Montoya and Rodrigo Montoya in prison, two of the Wente Winkul Mapu Community members that held a two month hunger strike.
The judicial resolution considered there was insufficient evidence in the process against the two youth, switching remanded custody for house arrest during the Trial investigation period.
The Mapuche community members are being accused of Prosecutor Chamorro and police intelligence for mischief and possession of a fire arm, in the case of Eric Montoya, and possession of a hunting rifle in the case of Rodrigo.
Of the four Mapuche youth that were on hunger strike, only Daniel Levinao remains in Angol prison awaiting his re-trial as determined by the Chilean Supreme Court, set for December 17 of this year. Meanwhile, Paulino Levipan was released a week ago due to a reduction of his sentence.
The Violent Occupation of Juan de Dios Fuentes
What is ironic in this case is that landed estate owner Juan de Dios Fuentes could not present the deed that would certify the alleged infractions on his estate. This would be impossible, since he only is certified for 100 out of the 200 hectares of Mapuche Territory he currently occupies.
Nonetheless, the Chilean State through its militarized forces guard all 200 hectares, in this way illegally (even under Chilean Law) repressing Mapuche land claims.
Distributed by: Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]