January 10th, 2013
The Lof [Local Communities] in resistance in the area of Wenteche claims actions of sabotage occurred on December 23rd, 2012 in the Santa Isabel and Temuco Estates “property of the families that conform part of the Power of Estate Lords in the area and are at the same time the political/economic Powers of the Chilean State.”
To our Mapuche Nation in Resistance, public national and international opinion, we state the following:
The events that occurred on December 23rd, 2012 are of public knowledge. That mourning, two mansions were burned belonging to the families that conform part of the Power of Estate Lords in the area and are at the same time the political/economic Powers of the Chilean State. The influence that these families exert over the Chilean State, currently in their own hands, remains clear after the occurrence of these events. The reaction was immediate, symbolized in the visit of Interior Minister Andres Chadwick in our Territories in conflict, currently in the hands of various Estate Lords with support of the Chilean State.
The Courts of Justice are also part of this network, imposing charges against the Mapuche People; especially against Lof in resistance, who battle daily against Estate Lords and transnational corporations based on Mapuche Territory.
Andres Chadwick stated his “hand will not tremble” to repress the Mapuche communities close to the affected Estates; thereby clearly identifying these as a “powerful enemy.”
Some reflections on the previous statement: is this rhetoric corresponding to a State representative that just ratified the 169 Convention of the ILO on Indigenous Peoples? It is in contradiction with a government that internationally declares to respect Human Rights, but daily violates the rights of the Mapuche Nation, shooting against children, pregnant mothers, and elders of our Lof.
We should ask our Mapuche People: Did the hands of representing Ministers of the Chilean State, within the previous Concertacion and current Governments tremble in serving justice against the murderers of ALEX LEMUN, MATIAS CATRILEO, and JAIME MENDOZA COLLIO? On the contrary, functionaries of the Chilean National Police still currently have impunity of their crimes ratified by the Chilean Supreme Court. Did their hands tremble in serving justice against the murderers of our youth? We remind you of this.
This silence and complicity of the Chilean State unto the violation of fundamental political, social, cultural, and territorial rights – that is the right to survive – give us arguments so that OUR PU LOF CAN APPLY JUSTICE THROUGH THEIR MANY PU WEICHAFE [WARRIORS] IN THE SELF DEFENSE OF OUR MAPUCHE NATION.
It is for this reason that we claim the events that occurred in the Santa Isabel Estate of Lautaro and the Temuco Estate of Padre Las Casas. We claim these actions as part of the application of our own community justice unto the impunity related to the various murders that our Mapuche Nation has suffered, and especially against our pu Weichafe [Warrior] Matias Catrileo, whom fell in struggle for National Mapuche Liberation 5 years ago.
We also point out that the Chilean State is solely responsible for continuation of these events, as they have turned a blind eye to the historic debt that is worsened by the injustice faced by our Mapuche Nation. In any case, we categorically state that this is an action in support of our Peñi [Brothers] on Hunger Strike and the various political prisoners jailed in Angol and Temuco.
Also unto the statements proposed by the powerful agriculturalist PIO SECO, who made reference to the presence of foreigners, we clarify that these actions were carried out by our Pu Weichafe [Warriors] that make part of the self defense of our Mapuche Nation and do not receive any foreign instruction or resources. Our Lof are economically, politically and socially self-sufficient and exert self-finance of our own Autonomous project dating back centuries in the history of our now occupied Nation. However, we are also in solidarity with our indigenous sisters and brothers across the continent and with the oppressed peoples of the world.
Regarding the arrest of our Peñi [Brother] ELISEO ÑIRRIPIL for illegal possession of fire arms, we point out that this act demonstrates the ill intentions of the Chilean State to incriminate our brothers in order to continue the persecution through judicial set-ups and undergo a long period of pretrial detention without further evidence of guilt. This is in contradiction with the example of a current member of the Hernan Trizano Comando JORGE TREMER, whom was discharged and released without going to trial after having been found with weapons of war and grenades, taking advantage of his position as a powerful agricultural Estate Lord. He later stated that the weaponry was to be used against members of the Mapuche Nation in the path to Liberation.
Unto these events, we call out to our Mapuche People to not let themselves be detained by the persecuting policies of the Chilean State; to resist the annexation and plunder of our territories with ancient dignity, intelligence and wisdom. Our call out is simple:
For National Mapuche Liberation!
For the Application of Mapuche Community Justice!
Estate Lords, Transnational Forestry, Mining and Tourist Corporations OUT OF WALLMAPU!
Free Our Mapuche Political Prisoners!
Wenteche Lof in Resistance
Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]