Mapuche Prisoner’s Justice Week Emergency Demo for the Murder of Rodrigo Melinao
Sunday, August 11th @ 2PM
@ Toronto Chilean Consulate – 2 Bloor Street West
(See links for more info)
The WCCC [Toronto] calls out to all anti-colonial/anti-capitalist/anti-authoritarian allies to come out for an emergency demonstration at the Toronto Chilean Consulate for the tragic death of our Mapuche Weichafe [Warrior] Rodrigo Melinao, during the commemoration of this year’s Prisoner’s Justice Week.
Rodrigo was murdered on Tuesday, August 6th in Wallmapu (so-called southern Chile) by militarized forces guarding State, corporate and private interests in the area, surrounding Mapuche Communities in Resistance who have struggled for years to reclaim their ancient Territory. Just days earlier, he had been convicted under the Pinochet era Anti-Terrorist Law for arson and mischief for an alleged land defense action against a forestry corporation; his trial was being reviewed by the Chilean Supreme Court for Appeal while he went underground, during which time he was murdered. His lifeless body was found lying in a field many hours after his death, nearby his community of Rayen Mapu in the township of Malleco.
It is a well known fact that militarized police zelously guard the various terriories across Wallmapu usurped by forestry corporations and Settler Estate Lords, especially at night when our brother Melinao had been murdered.
Our brother Melinao marks at least the 4th death of a Mapuche Warrior in defense of the land over the last 10 years and more than 7th on a long list of martyrs since the so-called Chilean Democracy was re-instated in 1990.
HOW MANY MORE OF OUR WARRIORS WILL WE LAY TO REST MURDERED BY THE GENOCIDAL STATE??
WEICHAFE RODRIGO MELINAO: YOUR DEATH WILL NOT BE IN VAIN!!
IF ONE FALLS – TEN SHALL RISE UP!!
FREEDOM FOR OUR MAPUCHE POLITICAL PRISONERS!
OUR OF OUR TERRITORIES!!
The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]