Chile: Mapuche conflict drags on
Santiago de Chile, (Prensa Latina) The death of indigenous man Alejandro Treuquil, after being shot in a confusing incident in which three other people were injured, brought to light once again the problems faced by the Mapuche community in the secular fight for their rights in Chile.
According to the investigations that are still ongoing, last June 5 the 37 year old werken (community spokesperson) and three friends were looking for a horse that had been stolen, when they were attacked by unknown people carrying firearms.
What could be another assault by ordinary criminals took on another dimension after being released that Treuquil had reported days before that his community had been harassed by police forces, according to Socialist deputy Emilia Nuyado, who called the Interior ministry for a thorough investigation of the case.
Since May 4 in the Angol Prison, nine Mapuche political prisoners have been on hunger strike, and weeks later in the prison of Temuco, capital of La Araucania, machi Celestino Cordova, a recognized indigenous leader, whose health is notably deteriorated did the same.
His demands seek to improve prison conditions, especially when their lives are threatened by the lack of health measures to deal with the pandemic.
From the government, silence is the answer, while humanitarian organizations constantly call on the authorities to respect international treaties such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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