Hector Llaitul: “The arrest of my son is the product of the political persecution towards the CAM” & Public Communiques

thumb_5749e43017c630e1087a960e_5749e43017c630e1087a9613_88sHector Llaitul: “The arrest of my son is the product of the political persecution towards the CAM”

The son of prominent Mapuche leader of the CAM, Ernesto Llaitul, was arrested along with PeñI Ismael Queupil formally charged on the mourning of May 29th. Hector Llaitul claims these actions are due to the ongoing political persecution of the CAM. Charges under the possession of fire arms are automatically processed under Martial Law within Chilean legislation. WCCC [Toronto]

During the early mourning hours in the southern Chilean city of Los Angeles, Peñi Ernesto Llaitul together with Ismael Queupil were violently arrested, being immediately transferred to Special Police Investigation headquarters of the city, where they were charged with armed weapons possession. They were formally charged in court on the mourning of May 29th, 2016, and are being held in pretrial prison for the duration of the investigation.

In an extensive conversation with Werken.cl, Hector Llaitul contextualized the events that surrounded the arrest of Ernesto, pointing out this had been a planned operation on the part of area police to arrest his son. This follows a logic of political persecution directed at the CAM, since Ernesto is a well known militant of the Mapuche cause.

Within the interview Llaitul assures that his son is at ease in taking on political prison, and stating “despite his young age, his life has been full of sacrifice in having lived through the political persecution I have had to go through as a spokesperson and Mapuche leader. He understands this rigour, and has taken it on with dignity proper of the warriors who are in this process of struggle.”

Finally, the spokesperson of the CAM expressed solidarity to all the expressions of rebellion and resistance throughout Meli Wixan Mapu and stating today’s conditions are such as to develop the uprising of the Mapuche Nation.


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

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11 Mapuche arrested for Luchsinger-Mackey Case, Lissette Melillan: “The [Chilean] Government uses the Police to Guard Cows”

11 Mapuche arrested for Luchsinger-Mackey Case

Call to action in Wallmapu in solidarity with Machi (Medicine Healer) Francisca Linconao in front of Temuco Prison, where she and other Mapuche Political Prisoners are being held.

On March 30th, 2016, 11 Mapuche community members were arrested and charged with alleged involvement in the incendiary attack that provoked the death of the Luchsinger Mackay couple in 2013.

The mass arrest was carried out by an enormous police operative of special forces (PDI). More than 100 detectives participated in the arrests, wherein 20 homes were raided in the area of Lumahue in the early mourning hours.

The 11 detained, including Machi [Medicine Healer) Franscisca Linconao, were transferred to police headquarters of Temuco and charged with terrorist arson resulting in death. The undersecretary of the Interior Ministry would announce the charges as being terrorist in nature, and would be the fifth time the Chilean Executive branch under Michelle Bachelet would have implemented terrorist related charges in cases related to Mapuche land claims.

The question of due process, however, is highlighted in the contradictory testimony of Mapuche community member, Jose Peralino, who publicly refuted his earlier testimony against the other accused on their alleged participation in the arson attack of 2013. Peralino alleges that he was subject to intimidation and torture at the hands of Chilean police, and therefore, his testimony held no validity in a court of law.

Family members of the Mapuche community members are demanding the immediate release of the Mapuche Political Prisoners, as well as an end to the application of the Anti-Terrorist Law, and the continued mobilization of Mapuche communities. The only other conviction of a Mapuche community member in relation to the Luchsinger Mackay case was in the case of Machi (Medicine Healer) Celestino Cordova, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison under the charge of terrorist arson resulting in death.

The following is an interview to the spokesperson of the Mapuche Political Prisoners charged under the Luchsinger- Mackay case, Lissette Melillan.

With files from El Mostrador

WCCC [Toronto]

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Mapuche Political Prisoners Reach Agreement after 47 Days on Hunger Strike

Huelga de Hambre terminado       This past Friday, the Mapuche Political Prisoners that were on hunger strike in Angol prison (so-called southern Chile), reached an agreement with the Government, the Minister of Justice and Minister of Health.

The four Peñi [Brothers], two of which have been convicted and two of which are awaiting trial under judicial set-ups, therefore stopped the mobilization. Freddy Marileo, the spokesperson for the Mapuche Political Prisoners, explained that the agreement consisted in the transferring Peñi Luis Marileo and Cristian Melinao to the Centre for Study and Work (CET) of Angol, in less than 20 days.

On the other hand, the Peñi Claudio Huentecol and Miguel Toro, who remain in Angol prison, asked for an improvement in visiting hours and in case of conviction, they would be immediately transferred to the Centre for Study and Work of Angol.

The spokesperson stated that they “will remain alert in the case of continuing the mobilization. At this moment, there has not been a concrete agreement, which will only be solidified once the Peñi are transferred to the CET or all of our demands have been met.”

The hunger strike has thus come to an end, and the Mapuche Political Prisoners will be transferred to Victoria Hospital in order to stabilize their health and go through various medical checkups, after having lost between 12 and 20 Kg of weight during the 47 day hunger strike.

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


Mapuche Community Member, Underground since 2012, Detained due to Medical Issues

mapuche_82859Mapuche Community Member, Underground since 2012, Detained due to Medical Issues.

Paulino Levipan Collan, young Mapuche of the Wente Winkul Mapu community, is in serious condition in Temuco Hospital.

Paulino Levipan participated in the Angol prison hunger strike in 2012, and after having been released from prison, he went in hiding from the police. That is, until May 5th 2015, when he decided to admit himself to hospital in the town of Victoria, since he had been suffering from strong migraines from a recent police beating at the time of his arrest 15 days earlier.

Paulino Levinao, was then transferred overnight to Temuco Hospital, where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, and is under police surveillance. According to the information given by hospital administration, he is in serious condition, as well as unable to recognize visitors according to family and friends.

We ask that people remain attentive to this developing situation

Wente Winkul Mapu Community

Source: Publicaciones Refractario

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



WALLMAPU SPECIAL REPORT: Mapuche Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Angol Prison

Public Communique: Mapuche Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Angol PrisonHuelgaPPMAbril2015

We go onwards with all of our Newen [Energy] from our Ñuke Mapu [Mother Earth], strengthening ourselves with Lawen and working together with Machi [Medicine Healer] Moises Cheuque and with Doctor Luis Umaña.

*Note: The hunger strike began on March 23rd,  2015 and has been ongoing since (now at 36+days), and the prisoners have already lost more than 10% of their body weight.

April 16th, 2015

Public communiqué by the Mapuche Political Prisoners in Angol Prison

We state the following to public national and international opinion:

Kiñe: The Mapuche Political Prisoners on hunger strike in Angol prison reaffirm our decision to maintain our hunger strike to the final consequences.

Epu: After 25 days of mobilization we have had no response from government officials, which does not intimidate us, since we know that we are being held for political, not judicial reasons. We have made the decision to mobilize the communities in resistance; therefore all events that occur from now on will be the responsibility of the government.  The authorities have demonstrated that the solutions to our demands cannot be done through dialog.

Kula: We will continue onward with all the Newen [Energy] of our Ñuke Mapu [Mother Earth], strengthening ourselves with Lawen, and working with Machi [Medicine Healer] Moises Cheuque and with Doctor Luis Umaña. Yesterday we were examined and the reports of our health were published, and have demonstrated the deterioration of our physical health, as well as the life scares these mobilizations will carry.

Meli: We call out to social movements and various communities in resistance in Wallmapu to mobilize in favour of our cause in various ways, in a diversity of tactics, since all governments respond to pressure and mobilization.

Free All Mapuche Political Prisoners!

No More Political Trials!!

Demilitarize our Wallmapu!!


Meli Wixan Mapu

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


Mapuche Political Prisoners in Angol Prison Begin Hunger Strike

Mapuche Pol.Pris. on hunger strike 2014

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

País Mapuche

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

Medicine Healer [Machi] Celestino Cordova Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for the Luchsinger –Mackay Case


Source: Radio Bio-Bio

February 28th, 2014

This Friday, the Criminal Court of Temuco sentenced Mapuche Medicine Healer [Machi], Celestino Cordova, to 18 years in maximum security prison, for his alleged involvement in the arson that killed the Luchsinger-Mackay couple in Vilcun last year.

“Celestino Cordova is convicted by a majority of votes to an 18 year sentence at a maximum security facility, and the absolute prohibition in assuming public office, for having been considered the author of arson resulting in death,” declared the 120 page sentence.

The conviction was carried out under strict police surveillance in and around the courthouse, rejecting the petitions made by the Prosecution, who was asking life in prison (40 years), without any right to benefits for the severity of the charges.

Previously, Defense attorney Karina Riquelme announced they would resort to annul the trial, since Medicine Healer [Machi] Celestino Cordova was convicted for being a participant in the incident and not the author.

This past January 20th, Chilean Justice had accredited the participation of Celestine in the events that occurred on the mourning of January 4th, 2013, at the Granja Lumahue Estate, where [estate owners] Werner Luchsinger and his wife Vivianne Mackay were killed in an arson.


At the end of the hearing, the Regional Prosecution of the Attorney General, Cristian Paredes, commented that they will completely re-examine the sentence and decide on further actions. Nonetheless, he estimated that at least Cordova had received a minimum conviction for the seriousness of the crime.

“The conviction has been set to an 18 years sentence, without the possibility of opting for alternative benefits; therefore we believe that this is minimally representative of the severity of the crimes caused to the victims. We need to review the reasons for the sentencing. There have only been some small references made in regards to aggravated nature of the charges… And therefore will have to review the content in order to decide if we will recur to annulling the trial as a whole [to ask for life imprisonment].”

Meanwhile, Attorney Carlos Tenorio, who represented the Luchsinger-Mackay family in the trial, assured that the “trial was highly complex in arguing for arson resulting in death is not easy; particularly in this region.”

“By virtue of the fact that we argue there is Terrorism in the Araucanía (which is important to note), we must read the sentence with careful attention, since we only had a small minority vote in our favour. What satisfies us is that there is someone responsible and will fulfill his sentence,“ he added.

Finally, Attorney Pablo Ortega, who defended the ancestral Mapuche authority of Lof Lleupeko, stated that Celestino “is calm. He has actually pointed out to his family, his People, and his Communities that he is prepared and in good spirits. He and his Defense are hopeful in the petitions that will be recurred to when the time comes, and we will obtain the absolute annulment of the trial as stated by the Defense.

Radio Bio-Bio

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


DESCENDANTS OF FIRE: Anti-Colonial Indigenous (Mapuche) Panel w/Irish Solidarity Speaking Tour

Descendents of Fire copy(1)DESCENDANTS OF FIRE:
From Wallmapu to Turtle Island (& Beyond): 40+ Years of Anti-Colonial, Anti-Authoritarian and Revolutionary Resistance

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st, 2013 @ 7:30PM
HARVEST NOON – 16 Bancroft Avenue (Behind the Koffler Building at 569 Spadina)

*Ngüenén: El Engaño [The Deceit] (2012)
A Film by the Director of “El Despojo” (The Plunder) **See Details Below**

PANEL DISCUSSION: Anti-Colonial Indigenous (Mapuche) Panel w/Irish Republican Speaking Tour






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This September 11th marks the 40th anniversary of the Coup d’état in Chile and with it the memory of a brutal dictatorship, the commemoration of the many thousands of missing, murdered and exiled victims by the Chilean State, with the implementation of the Shock Doctrine known as the neoliberal economic model we live in today.

However, the victims of State repression go far beyond the period of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. We must also recognize the ongoing plunder and criminalization of the most marginalized sectors of our society by those in power, the later hunt for the revolutionary movements that were born in response to these injustices, and especially the ongoing genocide of indigenous peoples on their ancient territory.

The Mapuche Peoples are a living and fighting example of how an indigenous Nation has been able to resist for more than 400 years against ongoing colonial, corporate and State interests that invade their territory, which continues to this day. These ongoing struggles for Land and Liberation are not only seen in Wallmapu or Chile, but also across this stolen continent, here in Turtle Island and around the world, as they are the response to a genocidal colonial capitalist system.

On September 21st we will commemorate the ongoing resistance of our peoples in struggle in Wallmapu and beyond the Andes…

For the Reclamation, Reconstruction and Liberation of Our Mapuche and Indigenous Nations!

NGÜENÉN: EL ENGAÑO [The Deceit – with English Subtitles] (2012)

See Synopsis Here:

A documentary made by the directors of “El Despojo” (The Plunder) focusing on the international political dynamics of the “War on Terror,” and the counterintelligence strategies used to criminalize the Mapuche struggle for Autonomy and Territorial Reclamation.

Lies and deceit are as old as war itself. The objective of these intelligence actions called “Psychological Operations” (or PsyOps) is to destroy the morale of the enemy and assure the approval of the population through propaganda, misinformation, manipulation, the fabrication of news, omission, decontextualization (etc)… Everything to allow a SETUP, since “to convince is to overcome.”

Chilean Prosecutor, Mario Elgueta, whom was the alleged victim of an annihilating attack in southern Chile, was actually a student in an FBI [and CSIS] antiterrorist course in Virginia USA.

Through the techniques of a judicial/political/media setup, 17 Mapuche land defenders faced trial under the Antiterrorist Law, at first risking a total of up to 800 years in prison… Four bicentennials on the backs of those who oppose the arrogance of the Chilean State.



JENN TSUN – unaffiliated Anishnaabe/Ongwehonweh/Anglo-Pictish/Slavic Grandmother, born Toronto, living near Sharbot Lake; Defender of Indigenous Sovereignty & Self Determination, AntiImperialist; Publisher of Eagle Watch with nom de plume, Kittoh; Writer, Researcher, Storyteller, Horticulturist, Gatherer, Herbalist, Weaver. Ancestors are with us. Walking the Good Red Road.

DUSTIN JOHNSON –Tsimshian born and raised on the northwest coast in non-surrendered, unceded Tsimshian territory. He has done genealogical research, language revitalization, youth advocacy, urban social justice organizing, was the editor of the uncensored Redwire Native Youth Magazine, organized with Indigenous resistant movements against the expanding beast of the Alberta Tar Sands, was a co-founder of the Tsimshian Guardians youth initiative, loves canoeing, fishing, hunting and mountain-climbing. Dustin is a non-conformist and is proud to not be a ‘nipster,’ which is a native hipster.

MELISSA ELLIOT – Co-founder of Young Onkwehonwe United, and a youth activist from the Haudenosaunee Territory of Six Nations. Known to most as Missy, she has organized to defend Kanonhstaton (the former Douglas Creek Estates), and to stop development projects on Six Nations territory being pushed through without their consent such as the Line 9 reversal project.

**VIVIANA AVILA (WCCC Toronto) – Founder of the Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu. On the significance of the last 40 years of revolutionary and anti-colonial struggle in Wallmapu, Chile and beyond the Andes.

**DIRECTLY FROM IRELAND on Cross-Southern Ontario/Quebec Speaking Tour**:
BRENDAN CASEY – Independent Socialist Irish Republican to speak on the conditions of Irish Prisoners of War (POWs) and on the current situation of Human Rights in Northern Ireland. Born into a staunchly Republican family where a significant number of his elders were either POWs or ex-POWs, he has been involved all his adult life in raising funds and publicizing the plight of the POWs. The hunger strikes left a lasting impact on him. He was the chairman of the Ballyshannon Bundoran hunger strike march for a number of years and now classes himself as an independent socialist Republican.

In this capacity he would be travelling to Canada as well as other countries to try to give people a true picture of the POW situation in Ireland.

– ** SPECIAL MESSAGE from MARTIN RAFFERTY of Belfast 32 County Sovereignty Movement, a political movement that is fighting against the current occupation of the Six Counties of Northern Ireland and is former POW **


**SAKURA SAUNDERS – Mining Injustice Solidarity, on the connection between anti-colonial and mining struggles across the continent.

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