April 7th, 2014
We state the following to local, national and international opinion:
As Mapuche Political Prisoners, we initiate a new indefinite hunger strike beginning today, Monday April 7th, 2014, demanding the following:
KIÑE: We demand that the sentence against Luis Humberto Marileo Cariqueo, Cristian Pablo Levinao Melinao, and Leonardo Quijon Pereira be reviewed. We were convicted with the use of faceless witnesses by the Anti-Mapuche Prosecutor Luis Chamorro Diaz, and therefore feel that we were not served a just trial by the Attorney General’s Office.
EPU: We demand our immediate transfer to the Centre for Education and Work (CET), since this petition was agreed to at least three hunger strikes ago. Moreover the various International Treaties signed by the Chilean State, such as ILO’s 169 Convention on Indigenous Rights should be taken into account, as well as the consideration of our culture, our attachment to Mother Earth, our communities and our families.
KÜLA: We demand the humanitarian pardon of our Peñi [Brother] Jose Mariano Llanca Tori, since he is suffering from a terminal illness, which was confirmed by private and prison medical professionals. Our strike has been mobilized in considering the low life expectancy of our Peñi [Brother].
MELI: We call out to Mapuche communities in resistance to not negotiate with the current government until our petitions as Mapuche Political Prisoners on hunger strike have been met. This has been the agreement of all the Lof [Extended Communities] in Resistance that support the mobilization, in Malleco, Cautin and Arauco and took place on April 5th during a Nguillaumawun ceremony in Angol Prison.
KECHU: We demand that the government in turn, especially the regional government, keep its word in its apology to the Mapuche Peoples, so it would not continue the criminalization of our Mapuche Nation.
April 6th, 2014
Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]